Atom Rebar Sphere

Submitted by Philip Vaughan

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Client: Buffalo Creek Art Center

Location: Gardnerville, NV, United States

Completion date: 2018

Artwork budget: $2,500

Project Team

Artist

Philip Vaughan

Artist

Hector Ortega

Ortega Sculpture

Artist

Bill Matulich

Buffalo Creek art center

Overview

Steel outdoor sculpture, fabricated in 5/8″ rebar. Sculpture is 10ft diameter, weight approx 1 ton, on permanent display at Buffalo Creek Art Center sculpture park in Gardnerville, Nevada

Goals

The Rebar Sphere is both a solid and a transparent form. Its origins lies in the observation by 20th century physicists of the nature of matter. Previously it was thought that matter was made up of hard "peas" of matter in the form of atoms. When the atom was eventually dissected, it was found to consist of a number of electrons flying around a core but that none of these elements had mass in themselves.

Process

This sculpture was built as part of a residency at Buffalo Creek and was welded by the artist from 5/8" rebar with assistance and advice from other sculptors and the caretaker of the property who handled all the heavy lifting and operated all the machinery