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TITLE: Orrery No.1
DATE: 2013
MEDIA: CNC-cut wood gears, machined metal mechanics, illuminated constellation table, powered by a model steam engine.
The orrery is inspired by an 1882 teaching orrery, or mechanical model of the solar system. Powered by a model steam engine, we wanted to have the engine which drove the industrial revolution driving a mechanical model of the solar system, in a sense to have 'machine thinking' fold back on itself.

Created in collaboration with my husband and creative partner Will Francis. (In the background is Objectivity, a replica of a Galilean telescope I made in Italy).