Binary Star

Federico Díaz, Binary Star Federico Díaz, Binary Star
Name

Binary Star

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Year

2001-2003

Technique

carbon fiber, LED diodes, PC, software, stainless steel, 40000 x 20000 x 8000 cm

Location

permanent installation of the binary star sculpture in the town of Litomyšl (Czech Republic) at the site of the birthplace of Zdeněk Kopal

Cooperation

Josef Pleskot

Description

One of the few Díaz’s contacts with classical sculptural medium of the monument. His Binary Star in Litomyšl reminds us of a significant Czech astronomer Zdeněk Kopal (1914 – 1993). Díaz used the model of binary star, so-called Roche lobes of which theory Kopal was engaged in, as a basic theme. The monument is located on the plan view of the demolished Kopal’s birthplace. The plan view is delimited with a strip of LED and text field which reminds us of data concerning the astronomer’s life and selected parts of his research. The technological solution of the sculpture is also its specifics. It uses the processes of production of carbon casings for space shuttle motors. The spatial solution also refers to Kopal’s co-operation with NASA on preparing the surface of the Moon for Apollo landing.