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Visual Display of Quantitative Information
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La Representación Visual de Información
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Seeing Around + Feynman Diagrams, $2
Data Analysis for Politics and Policy, $2
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Presenting Data and Information
Portland, August 4
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San Jose, December 15
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Dear Leader I: landscape sculpture May 2006

Here are photographs of a landscape sculpture Dear Leader I, stainless steel and porcelain, 21'6" by 14' by height 10'6", or 6.6 by 14.3 by height 3.20 meters.

As usual, Anna, Abby, and Zerlina (left to right in second photograph down) are shown for scaling purposes. There are elaborate stories and creation myths associated with all these pieces but let's just look at them for a while, just a pure visual experience, before wordy narratives take over. As usual, landscape pieces look so much better at the site than in one-eyed, flatland photographs with a dynamic range small compared to the human eye.

Below, Dear Leader I along with Millstones 5 and 6, 2003-2004 (mild steel, diameter 13"8" or 4.2 meters). At the site, there's an excellent 3D volume of negative space between these two Millstones, a reading possibly encouraged by Dear Leader's perspective box.

-- Edward Tufte


Dear Leader I: landscape sculpture completed May 2006

Dear Leader I was first installed last winter (thus the snow picture); the piece was completed when grass was planted earlier this spring. The grass, although a lot of work to maintain, allows all the pieces to rest on a common field and avoids a dirt patch of uninteresting and diverting visual activity localized around a piece. When kept cut to medium height, the grass also carries and expresses the land's rolling contours and, in particular, the local horizons near the piece.

-- Edward Tufte


Response to Dear Leader I: landscape sculpture completed May 2006

"FIRST SOUND OF GUNFIRE FROM BIG POWER."

The familiar object at the top of the rocket is a Photoshop addition to the DPRK poster.

The sculpture, Dear Leader I, could refer at times to Taepodong-2 missiles visiting Connecticut, one via the great circle (6000 nm), and the other via the greater circle the long way round (19000 nm).

-- Edward Tufte


Response to Dear Leader I: landscape sculpture completed May 2006

Somewhat related, here are some diagrams of (hypothetical?) North Korean Taepo-Dong rocket configurations (including a scale and attribution):

diagram of Taepo-Dong rocket

From GlobalSecurity.org I find it interesting that the launch was possibly intended to put a satellite in orbit

-- Rob Simmon (email)


Response to Dear Leader I: landscape sculpture completed May 2006

-- Edward Tufte


Immediately above, a deer at Dear Leader 1, and some color and shadow studies of the porcelain. The deer are out around sunset and several have appeared at the piece over the last few weeks.

-- ET


Dancing in a perspective box, Gia Kourlas, "For Dance, a Cubism of a Different Sort," The New York Times, July 29, 2006, along with a picture worth enlarging.

-- Edward Tufte


From Art under control in North Korea by Jane Portal.

-- Edward Tufte


Google-Earthing North Korea

-- ET


(click to see larger)

-- Edward Tufte


At last a government response to the double missile strike in Cheshire, Connecticut:
U.S. bans sale of iPods to North Korea

Calvin Trillin formulated the (Harry) Golden rule: "In modern America, anyone who attempts to write satirically about the events of the day finds it difficult to concoct a situation so bizarre that it may not actually come to pass while his article is still on the presses."

-- Edward Tufte


-- Edward Tufte


-- Edward Tufte


Welcome to the Official Webpage of The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)

Don't forget to visit the gift shop.

-- Niels Olson (email)




Threads relevant to sculpture:
Ace and Porta do multimedia
Airspaces
Artful Feynman Diagrams, Fermilab exhibit by Edward Tufte
The Conceptual and Cognitive Art of Feynman Diagrams. Art show + 16 page essay.
Bird Series
Aluminum and stainless steel; many, many pieces moving in the air.
Bouquet sculpture series--and Walking, Seeing, Constructing
Beginning of Bouquet series (now 7); along with theoretical statement beginning the volume 5 project.
Buddha with Bird Nest: sculpture
Complex sculptural shapes
Dog sculpture (Porta the Portuguese Water Dog)
ET Modern
ET museum/gallery in the Chelsea Art District in New York 2010-2013.
ET show at George Champion Modern Shop
ET gallery show in Woodbury, Connecticut.
Escaping Flatland sculptures
Ten large stainless steel pieces in the landscape generate many views and painted color fields as the sun moves across the sky and the season changes.
Flame Theater
Georgia O'Keeffe and Escaping Flatland
Hogpen Hill #1: sculpture installed August 2006
First major piece (24 feet light, stainless steel) installed in new 122 acre sculpture park underway in Woodbury, Connecticut.
Ironstone artworks at ET Modern
Magritte's Smile
Masks Quartet, 2011
bronze casting
Megaliths, Continuous and Silent, Stuctures of Unknown Significance
Stone+air artworks. Scuplture, megaliths
Millstone sculpture series
Massive industrial pieces sorting out circles and light. Redesigning and repurposing scrap from nuclear power plant.
Multiplicity in visual experiences (ET presentation for a museum show)
Nine reviews of ET's Aldrich Museum sculpture show
ET museum show in Connecticut 2009-2010

Open-Ended
Paradox sculptures
Petals 1-3
Aluminum hyperbolic paraboloids in the landscape reflect light and shadow. The pieces move with the contour of the land.
Philosophical Diamond Signs
Philosophical alerts, imperatives, and thoughts about the path past and future.
Rocket Science
~32 feet (10 m) high and ~72 feet (22 m) long, and is constructed from ~48,000 pounds (22,000 kg) of rusting scrap steel
Rocket Science #2 (Lunar Lander)
Rocket Science 3: Airstream Interplanetary Explorer
Sculpture Forgings
Steel forging mounted on wood base. Blacksmithing video.
Sculpture: Negative space studies
Three table pieces; strong positive elements create active negative volumes (the air) to torque. Movies.
Seeing Around: New ET essay published
Skewed Machine
Spring Arcs, an ET landscape sculpture
Four solid stainless steel arcs in the landscape. Long thread, many photographs on meaning, construction, viewing of the piece.
Stainless steel images: anisotropic calligraphy
Big series of engraved 3D anisomorphic images that move with light.
Steel sculptures
Rough, thick, rusting steel, with surface images in the steel's patina.
Table sculptures
About a dozen major table pieces in wood, steel, stainless steel.
The Drawing Center fax show: ET exhibits
The Twigs: Landscape artworks made from steel and air
The beautiful Twig. Steel, 32 feet high, with accompanying thread on reading the piece and the complexities of modeling large 3D objects.
Theater Museum artworks
Tong Bird of Paradise
Towers: a new memorial for 9/11
Visual complexities of light, shadow, perpsective. Perforated stainless steel.
ZZ Smile (Zerlina's Smile)