Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Replica Instruments and Instructions

Astrolabes and Scopes

Mariners use the astrolabe to find their positions in relation to the sun and stars in the sky when on long sea voyages. In use since the middle ages, they facinate me, like other instruments such as compasses and scales.

Want to make a replica instrument, not duplicating the function of an actual astrolabe but imitating its spirit. A tool for finding current location and identifying future destination. Wouldn't it be great to have something like that for life, to see ahead and plan.
Could be made in metal, with images and gears and directions for life. Looking worn and well-used.

The idea facinates.

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