Indianapolis – A team of local artists, led by Andrew Ball, has constructed a colossal kaleidoscope. The finished piece measures more than 8 feet in length, making it the largest manually operated kaleidoscope in Indiana, and possibly in the United States.
The kaleidoscope was constructed from 55-gallon steel drums and acrylic mirrors. From start to finish, the project took more than 90 man hours to complete.
The piece was created for the Installation Nation Art Show, where local artists were challenged to create a piece of art contained within a 20-foot long metal shipping container. Each selected project was given a $750 grant to complete their piece.
“Last year when I looked at the long shipping containers of Installation Nation, it came to me that these would be perfect to house a giant kaleidoscope,” said Ball. “Why a giant kaleidoscope? Because I’d never seen one before. And ultimately, why not?”
Ball was joined on the project by local artists Matt Warren and Todd Bracik. The kaleidoscope can be viewed at the Installation Nation Art Show, Friday, June 4 from 6:00 pm to 1:00 a.m., and Saturday, June 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at 500 N. College Ave., Indianapolis. Admission is $8. For more information, please visit http://primarycolours.org/blog/2010/05/join-the-revolution/.
About Andrew Ball: Ball discovered his passion for art late in life after taking a sculptural welding class at the Indianapolis Art Center in 2002. Since then, he has won numerous awards throughout the city. Ball creates both decorative and functional pieces constructed from a range of materials including: steel, bronze, iron, wood, glass and tile. He enjoys working with recycled and repurposed materials giving new life, function and beauty to things others might not consider. Ball currently has pieces on display at the Indianapolis Art Center, Referral Institute of Indiana and the corporate office of Roundpeg, Inc. For more information, please visit http://www.aballstudio.com.
About Todd Bracik: Todd has many years of experience in installation and assemblage art. He has held shows at Big Car Gallery and the Harrison Center for the Arts. Todd has exhibited his work in all 12 Primary Colors Allotropy Art Shows. His pieces can be seen around Indiana as well as in Ljubljana, Slovenia. For more information, please visit http://www.toddbracik.com/.
About Matt Warren: Matt currently works as a Studio Technician at the Indianapolis Art Center. Years of travel throughout the US, Mexico, and South East Asia have combined with Matt’s 25 year background in landscaping and construction, to inspire a keen awareness of the interaction between line and symmetry, and the space of a place. Matt has won numerous awards at art shows throughout Indiana, and currently has permanent pieces on display in Champaign, Illinois and Woodruff Place, Indianapolis. He currently works as a Studio Technician at the Indianapolis Art Center.