Stella Fractus arose out of a commission to create a sculpture from the remains of the Great Melbourne Telescope destroyed in the 2003 Canberra bushfires. The history of the Great Melbourne is complex, the telescope being extensively rebuilt on a couple of occasions leaving little of the original. The glass in this sculpture came from one of the Pyrex primary mirrors made to replace the speculum originals in about 1950. Aesthetically the work makes reference to a star with a granular surface and violent flares that extend out into the surrounding space. The work looks heavy and has dangerous overtones, reflecting on the nature of stars themselves.
Stella Fractus was used for a couple of minor exhibitions during 2004 and is now in storage.
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