Time and Space
Time and space; it’s what we all wish we had more of.
Its taken millions of years for Mother Earth to create this slab of Brazilian Agate I’ve embedded in the base of this piece. But its also taken countless billions of years to create the whole Universe. Our Earth, and all its wonders, are but a grain of sand, on an immense beach, when compared to the Universe as a whole. The time it took to assemble all of the wonderful stars and planets is incomprehensible.
So I’ve brought both time and space together for this piece. I started with an antique Ansonia, wind up clock movement, which has double chime hammers.I then mounted this movement on a 1/2″ thick plexiglass backing and added a beautiful, little blue, iridescent glass, moon face to the front of the pendulum.
For the frame around the plexiglass, I made a form, and with a torch, I heated and bent sections of round, bark textured steel around my form. I then centered and secured the plexiglass to the frame.
Next, I created a mold for the base. I used a deep pour epoxy, colored with graphite black and white pearl pigments for the first layer of the base. I then laid in a slab of polished Brazilian Agate, and another layer of clear epoxy. The plexiglass and steel frame are also set into the epoxy.
I’ve used a brass sphere base, from India, to hold a beautiful, acrylic representation of our Universe. I’ve made a rotating movement, powered by a size “C” battery which fits neatly into the sphere base . This base rotates at a very slow pace and provides some extra “movement” to this piece.
I’ve mounted the actual “time-telling” portion of this piece in a small length of hard copper pipe, at the top right, in which I’ve installed a small, battery operated time piece. I’ve run wires from the wind up portion to the battery operated clock to suggest that the wind up portion is powering the clock.
The Fine Pewter Wizard, at the center, is one of Perth Pewter’s finest pieces, complete with his Swarovsky lead crystal tipped staff, and faceted ring.
This whole piece sits on a hand cut and finished slice of an Australian hardwood, called Corymbia Opaca, or “Bloodwood”. The bottom is felted to protect furniture.