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low-resolution video documents the making of the kinetic sculpture cenotaph
(2003). As shown in the first seconds of this video, a compilation of
atomic test footage was compiled into a 60-second sequence. Live choreography
(also included here) was composited into the atomic footage, and its frames
were printed on approximately 900 flipcards. These flipcards were bound
together as a book and wrapped around a hub to form a moving-picture reel.
A motor cranks the reel, flipping through the cards to animate the original
live action sequence. The sculpture is weather-proof and largely indestructable
-- constructed from poured concrete, a thick glass prism, and handmade
mechanics contained within. The cenotaph is solar powered, with
solar cells embedded in clear rubber resin in a bay at the rear of the
concrete housing. No doubt, cenotaph will be around for quite
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