CUSTOM ELECTRONICS, STACKED NEODYMIUM MAGNETS, ACRYLIC, LODESTONE DUST, GLACIER SCAN, CUSTOM 3D PRINTED PARTS
“ALL THIS IS A DREAM. Still examine it by a few experiments. Nothing is too wonderful to be true, if it be consistent with the laws of nature; and in such things as these experiment is the best test of such consistency.”
Michael Faraday – laboratory journal entry #10,040 (19 March 1849)
Considering Faraday’s discoveries within the field of magnetism, particularly related to relationships with light, this piece was conceived of while sailing in the Arctic under the Midnight Sun (24 hours of daylight during the summer months). An intermittently spinning magnet moves beneath an acrylic cut out of a scanned and replicated representation of a piece floating sea ice. Thinking primarily about the This work calls reference to the “Faraday Effect,” a theory that believes a powerful magnetic field can influence the alignment of polarized light, a scientific consideration that has had applications ranging from the molecular level to the magnetic fields surrounding the earth. Ultimately this piece is a quick experiment that is referential to this research while being physically within reach of the Earth’s North Pole or “Magnetic North”. Future iterations of this piece will involve loadstone dust that is manipulated, gathered, and shifted using custom magnetic systems driven my streaming Twitter data.