Galileo 

 

I made this piece specifically for the 2015 Toronto International Art Show in recognition of Galileo’s 450th birthday. 

 

The work is a play of double independent pendulums of differing lengths impulsed by independent escapements. This creates an orchestral effect of the escapements, with their audible ticking, coupled with the curious visual effect of both the escapements and pendulums going in and out of phase. 

 

The lenses are a reference to Galileo's contributions to astronomy and the composition is inspired by Gothic fashion of his time. The work is automatically wound and uses Galileo’s escapement, which he invented circa 1637

 

Technical Details: Galileo's escapement, Automatic winding. Brass and aluminum.    

Overall Dimensions:  IN: 12W 12D 75H CM: 30W 30D 190H