by Maureen Seamonds
Webster City, Iowa
The study of understanding cosmic arrays is a new field of science and researchers at the University of Utah are using devices with mirrors and high powered telescopes to measure these faint blue flashes across the western sky. Incoming cosmic rays hit nitrogen gas particles in the atmosphere resulting in “air showers”. I think the idea of these flashes of light illuminating the possibilities of an unseen world are endlessly fascinating.
I used copper and brass to create the idea of an energy that is beyond our ability to measure. These materials interact with the environment and create a record of material experience. The idea of making “fluorescence detectors” that are actual devices to measure ultrahigh energy - cosmic rays seemed like an inviting artistic adventure. The work uses light weight geometric shapes that will move with the wind and react to changes in the direction and velocity.
I hope that when you look at these gentle reminders of the world beyond that later you will also take a moment to look into the Northern Sky, two hands below the Big Dipper, and think about your place in the world in a new way.