A commisioned work and my most complex piece to date. To be installed in restored antique barn.
The Grand Master is 5′ tall x 4′ wide with a double-sided center disk. Over three months to design, build and paint. Oversized, hand machined brass bolts. Solid Mahogany body. A Moon Phase clock in center with back lit, hand painted moon icons.
The two clockworks on the right are calibrated in special increments:
(Top) The time it takes the light from the Moon to reach the earth in seconds. Avg. 1.25 seconds. (Bottom) The time it takes the light from the Sun to reach the earth in minutes. Avg. 8.3 minutes
The swinging brass pendulum is back lit with a U.V. bulb.
The hand painted moon is rendered in translucent dyes and was inspired by a digitally enhanced Nasa image.
Twin 41″ convex lenses cover both the front and back faces. The gimbal and round bezel are painted in zinc gray with the top unit in matte black.
Designed and entirely hand made by Art Donovan for Donovan Design, Southampton, NY