Astrolabe

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Object Name: 
Sculpture
Title: 
Astrolabe
Accession Number: 
2007.4.132
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 152.3 cm, W: 74.5 cm, D: 78.5 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
1993
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Ben W. Heineman Sr. Family
Web Description: 
"I work with light in much the same way a musician uses sound." – Peter Aldridge. The astrolabe is an ancient astronomical instrument used for solving problems relating to time and to the position of the sun and other stars in the sky. It was used by astronomers, navigators, and astrologers. It was also used for surveying and triangulation. This astrolabe is symbolic rather than functional. Aldridge’s sculptures may be seen as instruments that rearrange energies in the environment, and their function is metaphysical rather than technical.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Heineman, Ben W. Sr. Family, Source
Category: 
Color: 
Inscription: 
PETER ALDRIDGE
signature
Stamped On back edge of rectangular aluminum base
P Aldridge 93
signature
Engraved On underside of glass in script
Primary Description: 
Mold-melted optical lead glass, ground, polished and bonded. Precision-machined aluminum, assembled. Circular formation of aluminum and glass sits atop an aluminum mount with three-part stem atop a rectangular aluminum base with four circular feet. The rectangular base has two small mounts for a single glass rod.
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass
Contemporary Glass Gallery and Changing Exhibitions Gallery
Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection (2009) illustrated, pp. 33, 62-63, pl. 1; BIB# 109983