Celestial Globes

Inspired by Renaissance scientific instruments, the writings of Galileo Galilei, and more recent models from theoretical physics, Liz Glynn’s celestial globes are part of a recent body of work exploring the evolution of how humans have understood their position within the universe. As part of Station to Station, Glynn presented a series of eight performances explaining different 20th century theories from relativity to string theory in a felt maze which changed shape with each iteration of the performance. While modeled after traditional globes with historically accurate wood and brass fittings, these works illustrate the constellations from the single point perspective referenced in their title at a fixed point in time rather than the more common depiction of terra firma. The globes are part of Glynn’s ongoing interest in the gap between abstract models and subjective experience.


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Inspired by Renaissance scientific instruments, the writings of Galileo Galilei, and more recent models from theoretical physics, Liz Glynn’s celestial globes are part of a recent body of work exploring the evolution of how humans have understood their position within the universe. As part of Station to Station, Glynn presented a series of eight performances explaining different 20th century theories from relativity to string theory in a felt maze which changed shape with each iteration of the performance. While modeled after traditional globes with historically accurate wood and brass fittings, these works illustrate the constellations from the single point perspective referenced in their title at a fixed point in time rather than the more common depiction of terra firma. The globes are part of Glynn’s ongoing interest in the gap between abstract models and subjective experience.

  • Celestial Globe 40°45'6"N 73°59'39"W (after Ptolemy), 2010
    Plaster, ink, acrylic, wood, and brass hardware
    1812 x 16 x 16 inches
  • Celestial Globe 30N104W (after Higgs), 2010
    Plaster, ink, acrylic, enamel, wood, and brass hardware
    1912 x 1612 x 1612 inches
  • Celestial Globe 45N93W (after Roger Penrose), 2013
    Plaster, ink, acrylic, enamel, wood, and brass hardware
    1912 x 1612 x 1612 inches
  • Celestial Globe 50N9E (after Johannes Kepler), 2010
    Plaster, ink, acrylic, wood, and brass hardware
    1912 x 16 x 16 inches
  • Celestial Globe 44N11E (after Plato), 2010
    Plaster, ink, acrylic, and wood
    13 x 1112 x 1112 inches
  • Celestial Globe 39N94W (after Newton), 2010
    Plaster, ink, acrylic, wood, and brass hardware
    1912 x 1612 x 1612 inches
  • Celestial Globe 48N16E (after Galileo), 2010
    Plaster, ink, acrylic, wood, and brass hardware
    1912 x 16 x 16 inches
  • Celestial Globe 38N122W (after Egyptian Cosmology), 2010
    Plaster, ink, acrylic, and wood
    13 x 1112 x 1112 inches