Artist's description:

This piece is inspired by our attempts to map Earth's fluctuating magnetic field.  The brigantine for which my harbor is named was used by the Dept. of Terrestrial Magnetism of Carnegie Melon until 1914 to measure Earth's magnetic field.  It circumnavigated the globe taking measurements in each port.

Here the red lines depict Earth's magnetic fields. The dotted water patterned is torqued to reflect oceanic currents. Finally, the expressive gold filing-like figures trace the migratory paths of birds, many of which rely on earth's magnetic field for navigation.

It is ready to hang with four holes for four standoffs. This 3/4" distance from the wall allows for shadows to further animate the piece.

Interestingly, the magnetic field, like all things is in a constant state of flux and measurably moving before our eyes. And in another measurement of time and growth, 100 years later, Carnegie Melon's DTM, in conjunction with NASA, finished mapping Mercury's magnetic field.

Materials used:

Acrylic, vinyl

Dept of Terrestrial Magnetism (2016)


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This artwork is sold by Raylene Gorum from United States

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