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Building The Orrery

A profile of northwest Arkansas artist Eugene Sargent and his creation, the orrery, a mechanical device that illustrates the relative positions and motions of the planets and moons in the Solar System in a heliocentric model. The orrery is driven by a clockwork mechanism with a globe representing the Sun at the centre, and with a planet at the end of each of the arms. . One turn of the crank is a fortnight. The 6 planets and sun and moon are made of glazed porcelain. Shown below are earth, moon and mars. The gears are bronze.  Eugene is an artist and builder who works in a variety of mediums including metal, wood, concrete, resin fiber composites, oil paint, pencil, gears, bearings, Arduino, electronics, C++, javascript, Processing, digital imagery. 

Sarah K. Moore has been making films for over a decade. She started out taking classes at the Film Arts Foundation in San Francisco, CA, where she learned experimental techniques and began shooting on Super 8 and 16mm film. After producing several short experimental films, she entered the Lemke Department of Journalism at the University of Arkansas. Sarah completed her master’s degree with an emphasis in documentary filmmaking in 2012 and is employed by the University of Arkansas.

the orrery, sarah k. moore, film, Eugene Sargent
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