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Horus-Thehen Reified

1993: LEDs, electronics, software, mica and iron


Horus was the ancient egyptian falcon god. He took many forms, such as Horus-Ra, in the trinity of sun gods. Thehen meant the "sparkling one." The LEDs are programmed to make Horus sparkle, and to animate the figure with a sense of flying. This piece was originally created for the show "Spring Works" at the New York Hall of Science. It was intended to be visible across the length of the NYHOS "Great Hall," where the LEDs would coallesce much like dots in a pointalist painting. To "reify" means to treat an abstraction as a real thing, and this piece asks what it means for art to make the idea of an ancient god real.

Provenance:

2003 "Lumination," curated by Julienne Richardson and Joy Wulke, 
        Guilford Handcraft Center, Guilford, CT
1996 "Lumen-Essence II," curated by Cynthia Pannucci,
		in collaboration with Bell Labs/Lucent Technology,
		Westbeth Gallery, NYC
1993 "Spring Works: The Pull of Kinetics 11," curated by C. Pannucci,
		New York Hall of Science, NY

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