Saturn Rising, 2013

mixed media sculptures

Saturn, the 6th planet outward from the sun, is the most distant world that’s easily visible to the unaided eye. The ringed planet returns in a capacity to be observed in detail for about 2 weeks every year in April. Telescopes revealed its rings in the 17th century, which are made of tiny chunks of ice. Saturn also has 62 moons with confirmed orbits with only 13 having diameters larger than 30 miles. Saturn is truly a wondrous body of rings, moons, and other worldliness and a favorite object to see through a small telescope. April 28, 2013, marked Saturn’s annual position in the sky where it was closest to the Earth.

In observance of the celestial phenomenon, the artist and Sean Glover created a one-night exhibition of sculptures made for this event in Sean's backyard in Roslindale, MA. Sean created Observers of the Passing Brightness. This interactive sculptural installation consisted of a telescope observatory and drawing station. It offered an opportunity to observe Saturn and other celestial objects and render them on paper. In addition, three sculptural works were created that together form a constellation collectively titled, Was, Is, and Will. The three sculptures were installed in the yard and created from wood, paint, and wax candles.

photo credit: Sean Glover, Chris Carroll




John C Gonzalez