Alex Sanson: ‘Nebulous’ kinetic sculpture commission

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Alex Sanson on Tuesday 14 April 2015.

Nebulous by Alex Sanson 2015 night time image Nebulous kinetic sculpture by Alex Sanson, open at dusk, 2015 image Nebulous kinetic sculpture by Alex Sanson, closed at dusk, 2015 image Nebulous kinetic sculpture by Alex Sanson, closed at dusk, 2015 image

Intended to encourage a moment of reflection in an energetic atmosphere, Nebulous was installed in a central position amongst the public at Maitreya Festival. Composed of an intricately patterned, pulsing globe mounted on a latticework tower, the glittering sphere expands with intersecting and meshing patterns into a much larger ellipsoid, before gently contracting again in an effortless cycle.

Nebulous, a large scale kinetic work by Alex Sanson was commissioned for Maitreya Festival held near Charlton in rural Victoria, Australia, March 2015. See here for more photos and details:
alexsanson.com/nebulous-kinetic-sculpture-installation/

Or here for a Youtube clip: youtu.be/iIpIidx_QsE

Nebulous occupied a central position amongst the crowd in the main music area and was intended to encourage a moment of contemplation and calm in an otherwise energetic atmosphere. Constructed of a lattice work of delicate steel with a surface of thousands of oversized glittering sequins, Nebulous was imagined as an intricately patterned, perfectly formed pulsing globe – the earth as seen from the moon, a living jewel floating in space, a throbbing jelly fish or a cell dividing.

6.5m high, approximately 5m diameter (variable). Steel, holographic sequins, paint, electric drive mechanism and lighting, 2015.

Alex Sanson has installed large scale kinetic or other installation art at many festivals including Melbourne Fringe Festival, WOMAD and *Rainbow Serpent Music and Arts Festival. Please see his website for more information: alexsanson.com

Nebulous built on ideas generated by a related work, Susurrus commissioned the year before for the same festival. See alexsanson.com/susurrus/ for more details about Susurrus, or here for a YouTube clip: youtu.be/ZCyTBkoQa9Y