Personal Armillary (modified and reconstructed version)
Originally acquired from a Sydney artist and antique restorer, the purchased sphere depicted a more accurate, but basic cosmological representation of the geocentric universe. In washtone green, yellow and natural browns, the sphere stood on a tall tripod base with a minimum of rings. Handsome as it was, the need for modification became too great. Starting with a complete reworking of the base, the whole sphere was remodeled incorporating a greater variety of rings and articulation points. The result is an armillary sphere not representational of the actual cosmos, but more of a symbolic or metaphysical portrayal of the elemental forces or dimensions that are more to do with the human psyche or imagination.
The current sphere consists of:
--5 double articulated clear acrylic rings surrounding a black central sphere. The first 3 rings are bound by brass semicircular lengths.
--Inner red band
--3 slender black rings forming the central enclosure.
--Zodiac pictorial representation ring
--Black calibration ring
--3 silver outer rings
--Black outer frame with gold finials on the horizontal pivot.
--Base: a "locked" ring enclosed within a tripod base decorated with gold bosses.
The base ring represents that which is completely outside of the universe and is of a different configuration. It is not bound by the same laws of the other rings.
Rather than being a representation of the cosmos, this armillary sphere represents the consciousness in the universal scheme of things. The human soul is symbolised by the nucleus (central sphere) and the inner and outer rings represent the universe with its many dimensions of influence.
This is a metaphysical armillary - describing the relationship of the soul-being to the universe. Complexity and structure in design is seen to be the most distinctive feature. Colour is a secondary function with black being a formalising element, silver for structure and red for visual interest. The dual aspects of colour and complexity create the visual impact of the sphere.