Stellar Evolution

A collaboration with Robert da Silva, Jen Parker, Barney Haynes, Joe Cantrel and Dustin Raphael

Acrylic, Steel, Cable, Motors, Arduino, Bronze

Dimensions Variable

 

A star's life, from birth to death, is determined almost exclusively by its mass. Based on this mass the star will have a set temperature, density, and luminosity for every point in its life.

 

This piece allows the viewer to create a star utilizing a series of levers, setting it on its life sequence. One can cycle through different stages in the star's life, traveling from its birth to death. As one does this extendable arms reach overhead, adjusting to show the star's physical properties. Additionally, two projections are manipulated based upon the star's properties.