The Kinetic Sculpture, “FLOWERS OF THE SKY”. 48” X 60” was designed to emphasize the beauty and Symbolism of orbiting comets. The word “comet” derives from the Latin word “cometes”, which originates from the Greek word “kometes”, meaning “long-haired” Comets are dusty snowballs whichorbit the Sun. They are made up of ices, such as water, carbon dioxide, ammonia and methane mixed with dust. They are left over from the formation of stars and planets billions of years ago. As the Comet gets closer to the Sun, it’s heat begins to melt some of the ice that makes up the Comet. As these frozen gases melt, they create a tail, or the “coma”. It surrounds the comet, and can reflect the sunlight and change colors as it gets closer or further away from the sun. The first Comet sighted and recorded was in the 22nd year of the reign of the pharaoh Tuthmosis III. The Chinese observed the same comet in the year of 1486 BC. It was described as a brilliant disk much Larger than the full moon, with an astonishing ten tails. The record is now found in a manuscript in the Vatican Library. This Comet seems to have had a profound influence at its time on religions throughout the world.The Kinetic Sculpture, “FLOWERS OF THE SKY”, uses glass Crystals, Quartz, Calcite, and Gemstones from all over the world, China, Peru, Arizona, and Mexico to represent the colorful Comets as they circle the sun getting closer and then further away. These Crystals are known for their positive energy, and healing powers. The tail, or “Coma” is cut stained glass to match the size and color of the speeding Comets, as they orbit the Sun. The other materials include Aluminum, Stainless Steel, and Brass. At the very top of the Sculpture is a solid Aluminum Disk with the ancient symbol called the “Flower of Life”. The Kinetic sculpture is perfectly balanced, and can turn 360 degrees in a 6 foot circle that hangs down 5 feet long.
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