Plotting Dimensions : Dome Shape Mirrored Glass Sculpture

Year : 2018
Dimensions : W38.0 x H25.0 x D7.0 cm

The glowing optics of Sally Fawkes’s dome shape mirrored glass sculpture, Plotting Dimensions, connects with us through its immediate association with snow globes or a clock on the mantlepiece, homely, safe places in our memories. Closer observation reveals a space, larger and deeper than the three dimensional form witnessed.
Sally created ‘Plotting Dimensions’ in response to the idea that humanity may well will need to start leaving Earth in the not too distant future and establish colonies elsewhere in the Universe in order to survive.

In 2017 at the Starmus science festival in Norway, Professor Stephen Hawking delivered a speech in which he said…
“Spreading out into space will completely change the future of humanity. It may also determine whether we have any future at all.”
“It is clear we are entering a new space age. We are standing at the threshold of a new era. Human colonisation of other planets is no longer science fiction, it can be science fact.”
“… If humanity is to continue for another million years it relies on boldly going where no one has gone before. I hope for the best. I have to. We have no other option.”

Lines scored over the arcing outer transparent plane of Plotting Dimensions dome shaped mirrored glass sculpture stirs associations of navigation paths on nautical charts, or between celestial co-ordinates. Looking closely they appear to repeat and expand inside. How is a map of interstellar space created? The lens is divided in two by earthy colours of green and blue guiding the way through vast dimensions to previously unknown places.