Astrogator is an electro-mechanical device or object standing 2.46 metres tall.
Size of model is 420mm tall.
Astrogator was inspired from observing some scrap medical plastic components in
1986. Instantly a mental image formed and a quick sketch was made of the
essential elements. From this rough drawing, a detailed precision rendering was
Astrogator consists of an upper caged cylindrical section capped by transparent
hemispheres and sits within a tripod-like frame arrangement surrounding another
caged cylindrical core-like component. On top is an illuminated beacon. The
upper central unit has a transparent band by which a fibre optic lights can be
seen running around. Within the lower transparent hemisphere is a conical-shaped
disc which rotates when activated. The lower core has two ribbed sections
surrounded by tubes. These sections are translucent and can be illuminated. At
the base is a red light.
Astrogator can be divided into several main sections – the upper section (with
detachable acrylic hemispheres), the acrylic table-top, each of the three legs
can be detached to reveal the lower core. Each section can be electrically
connected to all the other sections, and powered from the mains.
unit is thought to represent some kind of navigational device, hence the name
“astrogator”. Alternatively, it could represent some kind of power unit.
leg arrangement holding distinctly upper and lower elements.
Design is both ancient
and futuristic in appearance, but not representative of any particular
technology or time period.
Function of device is
not immediately clear, there is no apparent control mechanisms or displays.
Appears to address a
standing human operator or observer.
or placement implied due to the fact that there is no front or back to unit.
astrogator design was not premeditated or planned, but was conceived of
instantaneously without any knowledge of what the object could represent.
by Jeffrey Siedler in 1986