This monstrosity was one of the largest, heaviest and most expensive things I've ever built. The tank was a perspex cylinder that created some cool lensing effects as you walked around it.
It's a shameless reference to Sci-fi horror, which I love, particularly the 'Alien' films. (Ok, so I sometimes indulge in mass-media.)
The copper element came from the copper garden sculptures that I was making around the same time, and references another one of my favorite things, the look and feel of nineteenth century industrial age machinery, all shiny brass and steam pistons and whistles.
The top houses a light and pump setup running off a timer so that when you reached up to wack a button on top, the whole thing lit up and bubbles started boiling through the tank to make its contents jiggle. Once a tutor at the Art School arranged for a bunch of us to walk up
the road to the medical school's specimen library. The sign said not to touch, but I couldn't resist picking up a bottled featus and gently shaking it. Sure enough it jiggled in exactly the way I'd hoped. Why don't they make sno-globes like that?
The thing was a considerable effort to assemble and install, and leaked just enough to stain the floor of the gallery during my third year exhibition. He he.
Alas the piece is now destroyed. Nothing lasts for ever.
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