The Grand Master. Steampunk Pendant Device
Featured sculpture at the National Watch and Clock Museum, Lancaster, Pa.
A commissioned work and my most complex piece to date. To be installed in restored antique barn in Sag Harbor, NY.
The Grand Master is 6' tall x 4' wide with a double-sided center disk. Over three months to design, build and paint. Oversized, hand machined brass bolts. Solid Mahogany body. A Moon Phase clock in center with back lit, hand painted moon icons.
There are 5-48" diameter horizontal brass rings surrounding the disk.
The two clockworks (with sweep second hands) on the right are calibrated in special increments:
(Top/Right) The time it takes the light from the Moon to reach the earth in seconds. Avg. 1.25 seconds.
(Bottom/Right) The time it takes the light from the Sun to reach the earth in minutes. Avg. 8.3 minutes
The swinging brass pendulum is back-lit with a U.V. bulb.
The hand painted moon is rendered in translucent dyes, plaster and heavy acrylic medium. It was inspired by a digitally enhanced Nasa image.
Twin 41" diameter convex lenses cover both the entire front and back faces. The gimbal and round bezel are painted in matte,zinc gray with the top unit in matte black and amber tinted glass.