Thirty-nine spheres of crystal glass form two large rings on the wall that touch at a single point. The spheres increase in size as they diverge from the point where the rings meet; the sphere shared by both rings is the smallest, and the two spheres opposite the shared sphere are the largest. The spheres that constitute the ring to the viewer’s left are coated, in part, with silver, while those that constitute the ring on the right are partially gilded. In each case this coating is itself covered with a layer of matte black paint, so that the exterior of the coated portion is black while the interior of each glass sphere displays the gold or reflective silver within.
The amount of the surface to which the coating has been applied is inversely proportionate to the sphere’s relative size. The smallest sphere, shared by the two rings, is coated entirely, and as the spheres increase in size more of the glass is revealed: beginning with a small circular opening through which the smaller spheres’ silvered or gilded interiors can be seen, becoming increasingly open and transparent, and culminating in the largest spheres, which are coated in only a small circular patch on the back.
Within the surfaces of the larger spheres viewers encounter reflections of themselves, their surroundings, and the work’s other spheres, while the circular portals in the smaller spheres invite visitors to approach them and peer inside.
|Partially silvered crystal spheres, partially gilded crystal spheres, acrylic paint (black), stainless steel|