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Event Based Conceptual Sculpture
by Gary Molitor
Earth Probe One
36.071082,-115.124902, 12-12-1972, 13:15:00 Click image for larger view.
entry after launch
touch down at LZ 1
surface plow test at "site 2"
hole one sample at "site
to "site 2"
side-hack-test at "site 3"
hole shot at "site 4"
12 consecutive probes at
Feliz and Simmons, Novato, CA, 05/16/1970
Trap Simmons Lane, Novato, CA, 05/06/1970
The following twelve photos are a record of light
reflecting through a glass of water sitting on the kitchen window sill then off a mirror
and through the lens system of a Miranda F SLR
While using the kitchen sink my eye caught a rainbow ray of
light reflecting off the water faucet. Some how the glass of water sitting of the window
sill which had a plant sprouting in it was capturing the sun light, splitting it into a
rainbow and focusing it on to the water faucet nozzle which then was reflected in to my
eye. Instantly it occurred to me that this was a unique event and I quickly garb my camera
to capture the event.
Regardless of how I focused the camera I could not capture the
rainbow as I saw it. I thought if I put a mirror in place to provide a wide surface
I might capture the light as I was it.
Using the camera with different focal lengths, aperture and
shutter speed settings I was able to capture the light as it reflected back and forth
within the cameras lens.
I was not able to capture the light as my eye first experienced the
event. Maybe the sun's movement caused a change in how the light reflected within the
water glass or the mirror change the light in some way. What ever of the cause, what was
going on inside the lens system was much more interesting.
13" x 19" prints are available in either gloss photo prints
or on matte archival paper using the giclee printing process with UV stable inks for a
price of $200.00 each.
The enlarged images seen here are low resolution 6" x 8" at
The follow is a series of pictures taken of the various effects of sun light reflecting
off a 12"x 12" mirror at 40 Canyon Lane, San Anselmo, CA, 04/18/1970
door #3, stationary reflection
door #3, motion reflection
Mirror hidden in tree trimmings.
mound at Strawberry Flats with Strawberry Fields Forever in the background Outside Iowa Hill, CA
with holes and rocks
with berry plants
After my teaching position was
terminated at UC Davis and the promise of a teaching position by the art department
chairman at the Reno campus of the University of Nevada, Joan I and our 1952 Dodge truck/camper took off on a three month road
trip up the west coast and a cross Canada via the Trans-Canada High Way, ending in Nova
Scotia with the return trip through the northern US states. At that time some of the
Trans-Canada High Way was still dirt and gravel which made the trip a real
Half way through the trip I was to call the UNR art department to be told what my salary
and class schedule would be. When I did, I was told that the position was no longer mine
and it had been awarded to some one else. What a horrible sinking feeling that was. Well,
There was not much I could do about it stuck way up in Canada so Joan and I continued with
out trip. On the way back to the Bay Area we stopped at Craters of the Moon
National Monument. After attending a slide show about Craters of the Moon, I asked the
Park Service Ranger how I could get a Ranger hat. His answer was That I would have to
become a Ranger and gave me the information on applying as a Temporary Ranger. The short
story is I was accepted by the Department of the Interior and became a temporary Ranger at
Chiricahua National Monument. The
job lasted for about four months after which we found ourselves back in the Marin County
living a one bedroom cottage in San
Anselmo with our two Irish Terriers, John and
Ruffles. The house was too small to have any work space so I started a series of
projects using the only materials at hand. These above series of photographs documents
that activity. The Earth Probe One work was done in Las Vegas while teaching at the
University. ... story to continue.