'Lunar Drift' kinetic sculpture to be dedicated Oct. 11

The newly installed "Lunar Drift" sculpture in the Miller Hall Collaborative Space will be dedicated at a special ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, on campus.

Kit Spicer, dean of Western Washington University College of Fine and Performing Arts, and Michael Sweney, Washington State Arts Commission Art in Public Places program manager, will be on hand to dedicate the "Lunar Drift: Sun and Moon Pointers" kinetic sculpture by collaborators Rebecca Cummins and Paul DeMarinis.

Commissioned by the Washington State Arts Commission in partnership with Western Washington University, "Lunar Drift" is two slow-time kinetic sculptures that will constantly point at the Moon and to the Sun, wherever they are located, whether above or below the horizon, in daylight or night, clear skies or overcast lending a continual presence to the entire path of their movements. 'Lunar Drift' offers viewers a heightened awareness of their spatial and temporal place in the universe, of the planetary movement of the spheres, and of the artistic and poetic possibilities of science and technology. Digital images of the moon and the daytime sky will accompany the mechatronic elements.

DeMarinis's work revolves around topics of time and memory, as embodied in the technological acts of recording and replaying. Cummins explores the sculptural and experiential possibilities of light and natural phenomena; the mechanics of light and time are often subjects. Both have exhibited widely nationally and internationally.