Potential Energy: Moraine Maker

Project information

  • Category: Sculpture
  • Project date: 2010

This sculpture utilizes ice and a levered table in order to create a temporal and kinetic sculpture. When the ice melts and decreases in weight, the marble counterweight increases the angle of the table that the ice rests on. Eventually, this causes the ice to slide onto the middle table and smash into the soil situated on top. This creates a dent in the soil. A moraine is the excavation of a landscape that is created after a glacier stops moving and melts away. The object that caused the scar in the landscape (the glacier) is gone but a record of the ice flow's presence still remains on the landscape, not unlike the scars of our own psyche.