working on a fun lil house project with some supplies laying around. this is going to be a 10ft tall “4” that’s going in front of our house so people definitely know that’s OUR trailer 😜 using some fishing twine Brandon gave me a while back, and branches left over from my latest art installation.
‘Pattern Recognition’, Ralph Helmick, 2007.
Media: Steel, aluminum, copper, laboratory equipment and glass, LEDs, backprint film.
———————————————————––– Pattern Recognition, a sculpture for the Phoenix Police Crime Lab, is a surrealistic chandelier that pays homage to the art of forensic science.
Held together by an anarchic armature of steel rods and laboratory clamps, the artwork contains hundreds of glass beakers, flasks, test tubes, pipettes and other tools of the forensics trade. Nestled within this array of real-life equipment are scores of artist-made forms, among them molecular models of drugs, fingerprints, DNA strands, implausible conflations of lab glass, pop cultural references to police work, and over 130 magnifying glasses.
The work’s title, Pattern Recognition, describes a common and recurrent theme in scientific investigation. As the title suggests, the artwork itself is a mystery to solve. Seen from the side and from an adjacent balcony (photos 5 and 8), it appears to be a chaotic array of unrelated parts. Alternatively, when seen from below (photo 1), the overhead cluster of colors, forms and lights falls into a clear concentric pattern of imagery depicting the clues that forensic scientists encounter in the course of cracking criminal cases.
The artwork is a collaboration with Stu Schechter. It was fabricated by Bob’s Welding and Fabrication, Central Falls, RI.
Images and text from helmicksculpture.com