EVENING STAR, 2011
Aluminum, florescent fixtures and filters. The sculpture is a star burst of filtered fluorescent light, that manipulates light and perception, providing a contemporary counterpoint to the historic crystal chandelier that hangs in the entrance of the 18th century house. The specially-commissioned intervention is inspired by a painting entitled ‘The Evening Star’ (1830) by JMW Turner in the National Gallery, London which shows the moment when day turns into night and the first star of the evening can be seen. The Evening Star is in reality not a star, but instead the planet Venus which reflects light from the sun and moon. When researching the work Finch studied infrared maps recorded by the NASA Galileo Spacecraft of the false colour reflected from Venus. He has translated the proportional breakdown of colors from this data into the bands of color on the star-burst chandelier.