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Photon, the second sculpture of M.L. Snowden’s Empire of Light within Celestial Array chapter of the Geological Coreium, joins the sculpture, Angstrom, to create a meditation on light that explores optical as well as spiritual illumination.


A Photon as it is presently defined by contemporary science, is the smallest organized piece of energetic matter. Indeed, it was Einstein who observed that light is a stream of tiny energy packets called Photons. Snowden’s sculpture forms a portrait of a single visible light particle or Photon, reaching out upon encompassing, activated and graceful lines that define Photon as a single and unalloyed entity.


Photon as a sculptural meditation, seems to float upon the physical and spiritual power that rests at the heart of bronze geologic matter and light. Alluding to the newest vistas of physics in quantum mechanics, Snowden describes whorls of pierced vacuum space within the design of the sculpture that innately inhabits related graceful curvatures of light. Be it a fan or a wave-like particle of light, the sculpture celebrates circling spirals, energy spikes and curving ramparts of bronze. The figural element rises upon the sculptor’s advanced invention for bronze inner-wall construction that makes Photon’s particular conformation possible.


Indeed, Snowden has taken the sculptural evocation of Photon beyond the limits of physical structures for bronze, forming a kind of interpretive sweep that suggests multiple feelings and viewpoints as we come to contemplate original and unique symmetries within the sculpture. This is sculpture that seems to welcome imaginative viewpoints that science increasingly accepts as having the power to influence both space and matter. Cast as a glowing Fournier bronze, Photon is a kind of prism conduit for the evocation of light that positively infuses space wherever it is placed. As Dr. Harold Borsten observes, “The divided rays of Photon’s composition which express troughs of waves, seem to hold aloft its singular figural energy particle. This is sculpture that is a powerful construct based on a triad of elements that seem to generate light. Given the angle and placement of Photon’s elements, the sculpture is particularly sensitive to incoming transiting illumination. As light changes, the entire countenance of the sculpture seems to transform across a spectrum of noble human emotions according to our own personal viewpoint.”


For the sculptor, Photon is all about unveiling and accessing hidden potentiality. Dr. William Tiller, Professor Emeritus of Stanford University has noted that typical photon emissions from light bulbs cancel each other out, and he comments that “Within a mere 60 watt light bulb, if someone could orchestrate an emission of photons to be in phase with each other, then we would have constructive interference between these photons and the (resulting) energy density of the surface of the light bulb would be thousands of millions of times larger than that emitted by the surface of the sun. This illustrates the unutilized potential in the present light bulb.” International critic Remo Nevi observes, “Photon as sculpture is infused with a profound sense of activation. It possesses energy that seems to connect within a sweeping sense of completion; as if all its elements are joined harmoniously in concert. Here, in this sculptural evocation, Photon is aligned with harmonious action. Constructed in highest level Fournier silicon crystal bronze, Photon houses a deep and positive constructive accord that makes the sculpture a healing and unifying statement, not just within the sculpture’s remarkable physical balances and weights but within its larger scope of meaning. Photon communicates an immediate and timeless ring of truth and sense of energized power.”


From important roots in the Paris studios of Rodin and Antonin Mercié, Snowden brings to Photon the glowing luminous platinum Fournier Patina and the touch of the historic Rodin tools that were used to shape the dynamic, immortal planes of Photon.

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