Philomena dates a Photon

Submitted by Jeff Glode Wise

2+

Client: Private

Location: Durango, CO, United States

Completion date: 2021

Artwork budget: $40,000

Project Team

sculptor

Jeff Glode Wise

Future Wise

videographer & welding assistant

Emily Ciszek

Creative Conspiracy

rigging

Kenan Harvey

carpentry

Jose Diaz

Overview

A floating sculpture balanced on a steel arc. The site for this piece is a massive boulder perched next to a public highway. I first drilled 3 holes into the rock and epoxied in steel pins to receive the welded steel arc which is 16′ long and arches 25′ above the roadway. The sculpture consists of 2 independently balanced forms, joined together in a delicate dance of motion. The powder coated mango orange form is mounted with round reflectors that twinkle in the sunlight and dance like fireflies in the lightshine of nighttime cars. The tapered spiral of the burgundy form ends with a faceted glass crystal.

Goals

This particular piece did not involve public agencies, but it is a public piece of art, and it's appearance has generated an enthusiastic response from the community at large. It's current location is temporary and I would very much like to find an interior atrium, be it a hotel lobby or hospital waiting atrium in which to suspend "Philomena dates a Photon".

Process

This sculpture is situated on my home and studio property, and is a performance art piece, available to everyone in my community. One of the main concepts was to erect the arch, and the artwork hanging from it, using only human power and ingenuity, without the use of a forklift. The sculpture weighs only 200 pounds. Passersby witnessed the assembly of the scaffolding by local carpenters and rock climbers, and the appearance of rotating artworks. Initially, I hung a large white question mark on the tip of the arch, followed by a visiting artists sculpture. "Philomena dates a Photon" is available for purchase and will be replaced on the arch with future creations.