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Ralph Helmick

Disorders of Magnitude
9'h x 5'w x 16'd
Found objects, Assemblage

An unconventional portrait of the physicist Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976), best known for his Uncertainty Principle. The sculpture's components are instruments used in the measurement of time and space, albeit on levels wholly inadequate to Heisenberg's field of quantum mechanics. While the composition initially appears to be random, the suspended elements coalesce into Heisenberg's likeness when viewed from a single, unique perspective. Disorders of Magnitude is a metaphor for the elusiveness of knowing oneself or others.