15 feet x 23 ft. x 6 ft.
Dismantled by the Artist in the 1990's


I'll Tell You How the Sun Rose moved through a 24-hour cycle.  The artwork presented an imaginary, incorrect explanation of the natural phenomena that creates the Earth’s daily cycle of sunrise and sunset.  As the mechanical assembly slowly teetered, a circle of light expanded on the floor until the sculpture reached its apex and began a slow descent.

"...a heat, wind and time construction which rises and falls in a 24 hour cycle and is named for the poetry of Emily Dickinson." Margaret Shearin,  Triad Style Magazine.

This sculpture was based on a 1972 sculpture by the Artist entitled Umbrella Piece (see slideshow).

I’ll Tell You How the Sun Rose has been exhibit at:
O.K. Harris Gallery, New York City. 1977.
Rutgers University Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ. 1978.
Fine Arts Gallery, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. 1978.
Southeastern Center for Contemp.  Art, Winston-Salem, NC. 1991.
Technorama Museum, Winterthur, Switzerland. 1993.

Technical Explanation:
The piece was essentially a giant balance scale. Air heated by six 150 watt electric heat lamps located within the luminous "lamp shade" spun a small propeller as it rose through an upper opening. The whirling fan drove a complex train of gears and chains to ultimately move a chain-mounted weight. As the weight moved it effected the delicate balance of the entire piece. The ends of the long arm of the counter-weighted assembly gradually rose and fell in a 24-hour cycle.  The sculpture moved so slowly that even this inefficient method of turning electricity into motion provided sufficient energy to animate the piece.


Sky Reaper Slideshow

Alchemy Slideshow                   Blueprint for I'll Tell You How the Sun Rose
                     Reverse Ozalid Print   ©1978
                          24 inches x 36 inches
                            Unlimited Edition