My most complex piece to date.
A Commissioned Sculpture for a restored, mid-1700's Barn in Sag Harbor, NY.
The Grand Master is 6' tall x 5' wide and features an illuminated, double-sided center disk. Over three months to design, build and paint. Oversized, hand machined brass bolts. Solid Mahogany body.
*A Moon Phase Clock is located in the center and is back-lit with hand painted phases of the Moon.
*Five, 48" diameter, horizontal rings encircle the disk.
*The Crown Unit features moving, gas flame bulbs along with hidden up-lights to wash the ceiling with light. The amber glass plates are illuminted from within the crown.
*The custom Ceiling Medallion (not shown) houses CFL and LED bulbs with a 400 watt equivalent. The light washes the 23' high ceiling and provides full ambient illumination for the Main Room of the barn. This allows the lights in the unit to be dimmed to a more artistic and lower level.
*The two clockworks on the right are calibrated in special increments:
(Top) The time it takes the light from the Moon to reach the Earth in seconds. Avg. 1.25 seconds.
(Bottom) The time it takes the light from the Sun to reach the Earth in minutes. Avg. 8.3 minutes
*The swinging brass pendulum is back lit with a U.V. bulb.
*On the reverse side is a hand painted, Full Moon rendered in translucent dyes, while the craters are hand carved into the fiberglass surface. It was inspired by a digitally enhanced Nasa image- hence the exagerated details and color profile.
*Twin 42" diameter, Polycarbonate Convex Lenses cover both the front and back faces to suggest the crystal of a time piece.
*The industrial-styled gimbal and round bezel are painted in matte, zinc gray with the crown in matte black.
Designed and entirely hand made by Art Donovan for Donovan Design, Southampton, NY