"The Flibbertigibbets Meet The Newtonian Proxies"

Commissioned by the Duluth Arts Commission For the OmniMax Theater at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center; Duluth, Minnesota








Overview of the Newtonian Proxies

The Auroral Cone and the Empirical Plumb with the Flibbertigibbets in the background



Underview of the Empirical Plumb and the Auroral Cone. The Auroral Cone is light animated recreating the moving Aurora Borealis.




Detail of Installation showing top view of Auroral Cone and Plumb. The top color field of the cone implies a bouy and water in the nautical theme of the building


The Equatorial Newtonian Proxy as viewed from the skyway entrance to the Omni Theater.


Materials: Adhered vinyl covered and painted formed and welded Aluminum sheet, Polycarbonate and Acrylic Plastics, Composite foam and Fiberglass, Neon tubing, Electric motors and components



Activity: Aurora Cone; Flow Animated Neon Tubing, modulating color fields. Kinetic illuminated flying objects (the Flibbertigibbets) suspended from cables running across the space.

Size: 45' H x 100' W x 35' deep


Artists' Statement about The Newtonian Proxies:

This work was created to entice and inquire of the viewer entering the Omni Theater at the DECC in Duluth, Minnesota. A site specific work, it references the Auroral lights, the lake and lake markers, navigation (the building was designed to mimic an ore ship pushing through ice), and scientific instruments. This image is a detail of the Installation showing two of the illuminated Newtonian Proxies. (Total installation consists of 6 individual objects.)


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