Whatever Happens (The Eclipse Machine)

2009

The Eclipse Machine creates the illusion of a total lunar eclipse once every half hour.

The eclipse is projected onto a 60 foot curved wall that is painted midnight blue, the blue of a crisp winter night. The black silhouette of a city and its surrounding countryside edges the bottom of the wall.

A total lunar eclipse is far more rare than a solar eclipse and occurs whenever the moon passes through some portion of the Earth's shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle. Hence, there is always a full moon the night of a lunar eclipse.

I was very interested in the idea of alignment being the catalyst for blindness. I also like that I created a “moon” through light, mirroring the actually phenomenological act of seeing the moon.