Spines(after Noguchi) - Carlos Vela-Prado

Spines(after Noguchi)

I appropriate the forms from unrealized Noguchi sculptures, which I then flattened and extended. Adding copper to the back of the pieces in concentric forms, placing them in salt water, and conducting electricity to them I use basic technology to create makeshift speakers that make the pieces vibrate to a wave reminiscent to that of the humming of a refrigerator. This mechanical and chemical process also serves as an agent for hydrolysis. Not only are the sculptures humming they are also dissipating the water below them making their function limited in time.