A Note from the Artist
Magnify: This interactive, kinetic sculpture acts as a giant magnifying glass, except sunbeams, pour through the colored lens as the viewer swivels the rings into position to catch the light, casting a stained glass reflection on the ground. Made from a 1/2” thick piece of CNC cut, circular, clear polycarbonate acrylic with designs directly printed on, nestled in between two, welded steel rings, this piece is rugged and meant to be enjoyed outdoors by the general public. The entire sculpture can be secured to a concrete pad using a welded base plate, or embedded in the ground using a concrete footer. Magnify instantly becomes an education tool as it demonstrates the concepts of transparency, light reflection, and refraction, even the physics of mobility with its rotating top. In conclusion, Magnify is an invitation to explore, play and have fun. It invites the curious, inspires the creative, and adds wonder to the everyday domesticity of life. Imagine passing this piece by a park, sidewalk, or city street. If seeing it for the first time, you are going to check it out. You will investigate. It’s inevitable. Does it move? Can I spin it? What’s it made out of? Who put it here? All those questions and more spring to mind. In this serious and sometimes frightening world we live in, I am drawn to the clever street art I see all over Instagram, the memes on Facebook that make me chuckle, and the playfulness of work like this. It’s a reminder of how we are all made to create, connect, and to produce beautiful things, together. That there is commonality in all of us.
Medium: Steel, Polycarbonate, UV Inks