Thursday Salute to Originals: Moonlight Within Reach

The moon holds a mysterious pull (no gravity pun intended) that has inspired innovative minds for centuries. From Galileo’s antiquated moon phase drawings of the 1600s, to more modern abstract photographers incorporating the glowing orb as a prop, the celestial body is a creative muse. When considered for both its alluring form AND ever-shifting expression of time, the moon becomes even more connected to the human experience.

New Moon, an interactive installation piece, puts moonlight within reach and within control. At the Incandescent Cloud studio, Artists Caitlin R.C. Brown and Wayne Garrett used 5,500 incandescent bulbs, the likes of which are being discarded in worldwide phase outs, to build an interactive moon machine. Users spin a mechanical wheel to directly affect the waxing and waning phases of the suspended moon as individual bulbs brighten and dim. Take a look at the video below:

NEW MOON: an interactive moon sculpture by Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett from Caitlind r.c. Brown on Vimeo.

We salute Incandescent Cloud for bringing the moon to life, and putting the interdependence of darkness and light within our grasp, both literally and figuratively. Such an innovative installation, we’re pretty sure fellow inventor, astronomer, and engineer, Galileo, would have given it his salute as well!