Posted: September 16, 2004
|This work was inspired by one of nature’s most interesting events. While we still don’t fully comprehend the dynamics of a snowfall, we do know that the crystallization of water produces a unique artifact every time it is created. There are no two snowflakes that are the same. Only a small set of characteristics define something as a snowflake. Imagine trillions and trillions of snowflakes, each one unique. How is it possible for people to identify with snow falling at all? I suppose the first clue is that we can’t see on the scale required to identify each flake as unique, but it was this very fact which allowed me to draw conclusions about the human perceptive capacity when dealing with a large and complex visual phenomenon.
It fascinates me that when watching a snowfall I am limited to only one focal point at any given moment, and yet I can still perceive the event as one cohesive image in my mind. It was because of this very fact that I designed this art work. Again, this work is very difficult to photograph, but the individual lights on this 40×50 matrix would go on and off at random. Watching an individual bulb would look like a light blinking, but cohesively a total picture conception is perceived and a kind of ebb and flow between the lights is felt.
|With these two detailed views, you can see what the work looked like up close. Each light had a clear tube and piece of movie film attached to it. From behind, you can see the circuitry required to create the effect.|