Light Meter

Materials: Oak, plywood, photo etching on brass, papier-mâché, Matsuo Kozo, skiver, plaster, glass, gesso, acrylic paint, graphite

Created: 2014

H: 60cm W: 80cm D: 15cm

Categories: Exhibition Works

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Construction box with elements in photo etched brass, one shows a bear from an astrological chart, on the other there is a map describing trade winds, there are 4 small panels made into a grid, some are cross hatched. Just below the centre there is a box made of wood which has a brass plate with a semi circle cut out of it, and a ball made of plaster attached to a knob right in the centre. In the bottom right there is a little case in 2 parts which is covered in black skiver and lined with red paper. It corresponds to the size of the plaster ball.

The box construction Light Meter features a plaster sphere and the homemade device used to create it by sledging liquid plaster over a rough papier-mâché ball. It also features oak boxes with sliding lids in photo etched brass; a long photo etching with Edmond Halley’s map of trade winds (1686) and Ursa Major from Alexander Jamieson’s Celestial Atlas (1822). There are four gessoed panels, one from each season of the year showing the variation in daylight hours. Bottom right there is a hinged open case for a globe lined in red Matsuo Kozo paper. Studying pocket globes in the collection of the National Museum of Scotland was a major source of inspiration for the work.

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