Comment Pewter Stool by Max Lamb - 11/25/11

Comment sound for video: Gillian Wearing - 12/8/10

Comment Sea Organ - 11/18/10

Comment “Good heavens what insect can suck it?” - 11/18/10

The Comet Orchid

When Darwin first saw the Angraecum sesquipedale (the comet orchid, above) in Madagascar, he was so surprised by the “astonishing length” of the whip-like green spur forming the nectary of each flower that he remarked to Joseph Hooker “Good Heavens what insect can suck it?” The spur of the flower is 20–35 cm from its tip to the tip of the flower’s lip. The name “sesquipedale” is Latin for “one and a half feet,” referring to the spur length.

He speculated that there would be an insect with a proboscis that would be able to reach the nectar that collected at the base of the spur.

In 1882, 40 years after Darwin’s death, the Xanthopan morganii praedicta moth – named in honor of his prediction – was discovered by scientists in Madagascar.

The moth is the only creature capable of pollinating the orchid.

1 Comment ‘Elixer’ by Pipilotti Rist - 11/11/10

\'Elixer\' by Pipilotti Rist

1 Comment Curiosity CAM - 11/10/10

Comment Marvellous Machines – Thomas Foulsham - 11/7/10

Light Balance

Big Bird

Wiggle Table

Some words from Tom….

My work begins with a fascination that drives me into an obsessive exploration of making. I start working with sketch models, and begin forming quick and playful structures to try and explore and make sense of these ideas. Researching existing systems, materials and their capabilities. The ‘Light Balance’ for example, began with an idea that the wasted heat from a light bulb could physically move the weight of a person. The resulting structure to achieve this was a delicately balanced twelve meter arm, made of a chain of materials starting with steel where the person sits, followed by alluminium, bamboo and ending with a tissue paper sail to capture the bulb’s heat. The notion that I can take a seemingly imperceivable force and amplify it to create a powerful effect, helps me to turn pre-conceived ideas about objects upside down, and inspire the viewer to re-evaluate their space and what is happening around them. I like to make objects which are almost at breaking point, to demonstrate the tension in what we perceive to be stability. I like them to be approachable and if possible touched or interacted with. I like that these interactions can help to allow my structures to take on another life, as they become a part of the viewer’s own thought process. By revealing the inner workings of the pieces and the way they are constructed, I hope to enable the viewer to experience the exploration of making that has occurred, allowing the viewer to make their own connections.

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