This is a functional piece, made for my mother’s 100th birthday. The bowl is 400 mm in the major axis, 250 mm in the minor axis, and 70 mm wall height. The base is layers of plywood and MDF. Design was done in Vectric Aspire and machining on a CanCam CNC router. There are 5 layers of EcoPoxy epoxy in various shades of blue. The CMBR image is courtesy of ESA and their Planck observatory. The orange and light blue map colours were applied manually to the low-relief carving of the brightness map, with some visual interpolation. The final smooth overlayer is clear EcoPoxy with a minor addition of a pearlescent white tint.

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Joseph Federer

Combining a lifelong fascination with lighting, moving art, and woodworking, photo-kinetic and thermo-kinetic sculptures provide an outlet for innovative combinations of art, machinery, electronics, and fun!

Photo-kinetic art is that which combines sculptural elements based on reality, usually from NASA sources, with LED lighting representing speculative possibilities of those locations. These may be based on fiction, natural phenomena, or flights of fancy. Some sculptures are static, but may incorporate other features such as Lithophanes or being touch-friendly.

Thermo-kinetic sculptures are those which have moving components responding to environmental inputs. Some are activated by temperature or humidity changes directly affecting parameters of sculptural components. Others may incorporate electronics to magnify natural effects.

With over 15 years’ experience making fine violins, the necessary attention to detail contributes to the quality of work in all my artistic and sculptural works. In addition, experience building a large custom home, a dedicated wood-working shop, and various other structures, ensures that my sculptures, particularly the thermo-kinetic ones, are structurally sound.

The core principals of my work are: to use an appropriate mix of natural and synthetic materials and processes to illustrate an idea or principal; to use science and space-related source materials; and to explore ideas which may be considered unconventional. In the immortal words of Calvin and Hobbes, “Let’s go exploring!”

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