Moulded, cast, melted and remade into a copy of its original form, the delicate crystalline alloy structure within a meteorite is destroyed in seconds, after forming over billions of years, and is replaced by a sympathetic display stand: a plastic platonic solid, or octahedral dice.
A banner shows a reversed image of the original natural specimen, now replaced by its double, while a museum label acknowledges those whose expertise enabled the transformation.
Sikhote-Alin meteorite (Iron, Coarsest Octahedrite, Class IIB), ‘glass’ wax, PVC mesh, galvanised steel scaffold, Cordierite shelf, Aulektro lens, steel, text on paper, cable ties.
Trevor George [British Jurassic Fossils]
Klaas of Arnhem** [nicejewel.com]
Richard Slatter & John Nicoll2 [Chelsea College of Art and Design]
David Reid2 [Independent consultant]
Irene Gunston & Drew Cole2 [Royal College of Art]
Rees Rawlings4 [Emeritus Professor, Imperial College London]
Andy Griffiths2 [Head of Sculpture, West Wales School of the Arts]
Thomas Thwaites2 [Designer]
Deborah Cassey5 [Assistant Curator, Natural History Museum]
Falcon Driscoll & Richard Elliot3 [Chelsea College of Art & Design]
C.G & W. Young’s Welding Ltd3
Betty Borthwick & Alex Madjitey6 [Chelsea College of Art & Design]
Dr. Deborah Lockett7 [Department of Mathematics, University of Leeds]
Joel Yuen & William Lawlor6 [Chelsea College of Art & Design]
Maria Gafarova8 [London College of Communication]
** Via Henri Moissan.
1 Procurement & sales.
3 Arc Welding.
8 Translation & Folklore.