The Last Scattering Surface


If this photo makes you think you are qazing into the heart of an exploding galaxy, the effect is intentional. Artist Josiah McElheny works with cosmologist David Weinberg to integrate astronomical themes of time and space into his glass artworks. The Last Scattering Surface, which hangs in the lobby of the Phoenix Art Museum, is simultaneouly meant to evoke the instant of the Universe's creation at the Big Bang (the central lit sphere) and the Universe at the present time (the surrounding shell of extended forms).

Date: August 23, 2009
Location: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, Arizona
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XSi digital SLR

Revised: August 29, 2009
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