"Internal Eclipse" - CODAworx

“Internal Eclipse”

Submitted by Alan Tollakson

Client: private

Location: Emporia, KS, United States

Completion date: 2018

Artwork budget: $7,000

Project Team


Alan Tollakson


Sun & Moon

The Solar System


“Internal Eclipse” addresses the external forces that affect internal conditions, such as lunar phases affecting the ocean tides and animal behavior. On the personal level an eclipse can be physical or mental, with one affecting the other – either positively or negatively. Primarily, a solar eclipse blocks most light from reaching its destination – always in very brief moments. A reminder that time can be the healer, where regeneration often follows. This wall sculpture, made from marble and light, is 3′ wide x 1.5′ tall x 1.25″ deep.


I combine stone with light to reveal what normally is not seen beneath the surface. I use this as a metaphor to express what I see as the energy that exists within and emanates from all things - some would say at a sub-atomic level. To do this, I carve areas of marble impossibly thin allowing light to pass through the stone, illuminating its crystalline and mineral structures.

Additional Information

Additional images show on the right "Allting Har Enda, Korven Har Tvo" (an old Swedish saying which translates: 'All things must end, but a sausage has two'). together with "Internal Eclipse" on the left, from the body of work I call Light Sculptures. These are 1" to 3" thick marble wall sculptures, combined with LED back-lighting.