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.