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Chistopher Moulder, a talented light sculptor from Atlanta has send us one of his creations called Tesseract.

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More by Christopher Moulder follows:

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Inspired by the artist’s cousin, Madeline L’Engle’s “Wrinkle in Time” concept of time travel through “folding” space, Tesseract is perhaps a creature evolved to swim swiftly through honey…or fly in methane.

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She is an intelligent predator in celebratory escape; her vertical reach and energy corkscrewing up from the vaned center body’s twist demands large, multistory settings.

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Made from aluminum, brass, lathe turned borosilicate glass and fiberglass Tesseract is 6.5 meters high x 2.5 meters in diameter.

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The center body shape with its subtle “Indian Rope Burn” twists is carved out of foam. This central detail is a result of resolving the motion of the top and the bottom arrays of iterated “feathers.”

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The foam body is sliced on the lathe using a japanese woodworking saw.

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The foam body is sliced on the lathe using a japanese woodworking saw.

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The actual body in 120 aluminum layers or “vanes”.

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The body is hollow, allowing the backsplash light from the glass to fall back into the body’s vanes with a ghostly glow.

The glass pieces and vaned center body will use 3 color computer controlled LEDs which can change color, fade, strobe, etc.

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The glass pieces, blown on a scientific glassware lather needed extra heat.

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The top glass piece, ready for final shaping.

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A view from the back side shows the “flutter” of the bottom and top feather arrays. Each array of feathers is described by a spread sheet with 10 variables determining the placement, size and orientation of each progressive feather in an iterative process, much like the way a shell grows.

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Worm’s eye view.

Each feather in the sculpture was formed by draping fabric over curved rods, then mapping and steering those curves one after another, in an iterative format.  The external rods were cut away leaving a sharp feathered edge or knife.

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The feathers are each lit with a 12 Volt/35 Watt MR11 reflector bulb mounted to a swiveling brass ball/socket joint to allow the light beam to be aimed down the length of each feather.

About Chistopher Moulder

Inspired by Haiku poetry, alchemy, organic/natural growth processes with their corresponding mathematics, and designers and artists including Ingo Maurer, Wassily Kandinski and Santiago Calatrava, Christopher Moulder has created an elegant and idiosyncratic line of “Made to Order” lighting fixtures and show shopping One-of-a-Kind sculptural lighting artworks for over 15 years. All work is designed by Christopher Moulder and manufactured in house to insure heirloom quality in every piece.

Operating with an unlimited material palette, these artworks represent the “tip of the iceberg…” as Moulder says, referring to unexecuted designs which are, “…awaiting parole,” to be commissioned and freed from the drawing board and released into special spaces by discerning clients.

Christopher Moulder has designed for architects, interior designers, and clients such as One and Only Resorts, Absolut Vodka, The Johnson Studio, Singer Island Resorts and Loews Hotel.

Christopher Moulder is located in Atlanta and has plans of expanding its present manufacturing and design facilities in the next year. Viewing the EuroLuce show as the pinnacle of trade shows where designers and clients gather from around the globe, Christopher Moulder will be exhibiting in Milan in 2011.

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Note of the editor:

Please note the copyright of these images is retained by Christopher Moulder.  Use of those images is subject to them being used for this article only. Publication of any image in any form or fashion must include a credit for Chistopher Moulder.

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One Response to “Tesseract by Christopher Moulder”

  1. Alexandre on April 18th, 2012 11:44 pm

    Fantastic!!!! Beautifful job!!!

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