Rich & Gail Paselk

Rich's Junk Art

 

6th Annual Junk Art Competition (Fall 2000)

     

For this competition I entered two pieces:

 

Millennium Observatory

Richard A. Paselk nfs

adult category

 

After they killed their Sun they made another

Richard A. Paselk nfs

adult category

 

The piece also included a "story" on a label on the base:

Planetaria

This object was found on the single planet of Jared's star in the globular cluster M13 by the third cluster planetary expedition. It was apparently constructed by the late post-collapse society as a model or religious object. It represents the dying central star with the oblate planet in its close artificial orbit, and the small artificial sun constructed by the so-called "wizards of M13" when they had somehow destroyed their own sun.
Musea Galactica acquisition number: M13-2454-pal390009238576


After the competition I replaced the base on the solar system model with one I made from a piece of hardwood my daughter Laura reclaimed from a winery where she worked. A close up image of the newly mounted piece is provided below:


7th Annual Junk Art Competition (Fall 2001)

For this competition I entered a single piece. The "artist statement" displayed with the piece is reproduced below.

Ringed Gas Giant Planet

Richard A. Paselk

I purchased the center of this piece, the float, years ago because of its beauty. This exhibition inspired the creation of a sculpture based on it. The piece has its roots in Renaissance models made for the parlors of wealthy patrons. While primarily a model for a planetary investigation in the far future, it is decorated with personally symbolic icons (male, female, & time) around the skirt of the stand.

Planet assembly: Large copper float, bronze pump impeller, large bronze ring seal, salvaged brazing rod pieces, cap-screws from hard drive.
Satellite assembly: Hard drive magnetic coil, precision heliometer solar cell, sapphire piston from high pressure pump, brass adding machine pulley, copper-nickel disk cut from 4" dia. pipe stock.
Stand: Brass drive shaft (turned), bronze pump impeller, cast iron regulator cover, 3 cast iron radiator brackets, 3 copper-finish bunk-bed bolts and nuts.

My methods of assembly include machining (drilling, threading with tap and die, lathe turning) and silver soldering. Components were cleaned and "polished" with a wire brush or steel wool and waxed.

Two "close-ups" of the piece are provided below:

 


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Last modified 13 November 2008

© R. Paselk 2001