STELLAR-MUSIC 2009

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Meadhbh O'Connor, Stellar Music Fantasy, sculpture

Materials: wood, brass, eight steel-core cello strings, eight ebony pegs, cast iron, steel.
Dimensions: within 2 x 1 x 1 metres (h x w x d). 2009.

Meadhbh O'Connor, Stellar Music Fantasy, sculpture

Exhibition installation shot.
Materials: wood, brass, eight steel-core cello strings, eight ebony pegs, cast iron, steel.
Dimensions: within 2 x 1 x 1 metres (h x w x d). 2009.

Meadhbh O'Connor, Stellar Music Fantasy, sculpture

Materials: wood, brass, eight steel-core cello strings, eight ebony pegs, cast iron, steel.
Dimensions: within 2 x 1 x 1 metres (h x w x d). 2009.

Meadhbh O'Connor, Stellar Music Fantasy, sculpture

Looking through one of the two eyepieces. 'Sighting' an object.

Meadhbh O'Connor, Stellar Music Fantasy, sculpture

A scale marking musical notes rather than angles.

Meadhbh O'Connor, Stellar Music Fantasy, sculpture

Tensioned cello strings.

Meadhbh O'Connor, Stellar Music Fantasy, sculpture

Cello pegs for tuning the strings.

Meadhbh O'Connor, Stellar Music Fantasy, sculpture

Materials: wood, brass, eight steel-core cello strings, eight ebony pegs, cast iron, steel.
Dimensions: within 2 x 1 x 1 metres (h x w x d). 2009.

Meadhbh O'Connor, Harmony, sculpture

An earlier, preparatory, wall-mounted sculpture called 'Harmony.' Mixing round, celestial shapes with a musical instrument.

Meadhbh O'Connor, Harmony, sculpture

An earlier, preparatory, wall-mounted sculpture called 'Harmony.' Mixing round, celestial shapes with a musical instrument.


Handmade, hybrid astronomical and musical instrument. This piece is based on an instrument used historically to measure the positions of the stars. Instead of taking angular readings, this instrument’s measurements are in musical notes, marked along the brass arc. Cello strings were added to the piece and can be tensioned using pegs. The piece has two eyepieces, one on a movable alidade, and the other on the main frame of the sextant. The frame was attached to a cast iron stand and can rotate both vertically and horizontally.

This was Meadhbh’s graduate piece, and was a winner at the Royal Dublin Society Student Art Awards 2009.

 

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