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Terrestrial Ball

Terrestrial Ball (2012) is a work by Kianoosh Motallebi which uses all 94 elements that occur naturally on the earth.

Terrestrial Ball

Terrestrial Ball (2012), as shown at DEAF2012. Photo by Jan Sprij.

Terrestrial Ball is a small, spherical object made of the 94 elements that occur naturally on earth. It is at once a tangible look at the world we live in, a memento of our home and an object that relates in an elementary way to every other object and substance that has ever been made. Meteors – bits of other worlds that fall onto ours – are regularly found on earth. Perhaps this earth ball will itself someday be found, informing others of our existence.

Born in Liverpool in 1982, Kianoosh Motallebi makes objects and installations that use science and scientific principles as a context for exploring art and existentialist questions about human existence. His works often define a larger context inhabited by both the viewer and the work. This larger context creates a space for challenging and exploring the interconnections between humans’ everyday experience of their surroundings and the physical laws that govern them.

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