The "stratograph" traces its beginings to a
request for proposals for a traveling exhibit, being put together by
the Science Museum of Minnesota and Redhill Studios, Sausalito. The
exhibit, entitled "Playing With Time," is to include 50 components
which address phenomena that are either too fast or slow for normal
human perception, and will open in March, 2002. The Museum was seeking
a kinetic sculpture that might fit within the "Earth Changes"
section of the exhibit-- an area where examples of slowly formed natural
materials (e.g. lake bottom and coral reef cores) are to be displayed.
forming the idea, and demonstrating a small functional model, my proposal
was accepted in May, 2001. In essence, it called for a large, clear
tube to be slowly filled with colored sand, over the duration of the
exhibit's stay (3-6 months) at each venue. The patterns of sand are
to be both engaging visually, as well as a direct reminder that this
sand "core" is a record of occurrences in time.
I am presently working on the full scale prototype, and
evaluating possible schemes for sand pattern generation, and the potential
On March 16, 2002, Playing With Time opened at the Science Museum of
Minnesota-- the completed Stratograph began to fill the first "official"
tube of its 7 year journey...