Spiegelei Junior - 3 works by artist/musician Jem Finer.
We were asked to fabricate ‘Spiegelei Junior’ just last month.
The stainless steel spheres needed to stand on adjustable legs, at the right height for the ‘viewer’ to stand under them, with their head inside.
Then they are treated to a strange view - a 360˚ inverted image of the surroundings. The Spiegelei Junior are camera obscura, and despite showing us our familiar surroundings, they make it abstract - in sight and sound, as the stainless spheres distort noises around us.
We fabricated the stainless legs and structure to survive all that people could throw at it. All artworks in a public place are used as leaning posts, climbing frames, poles to swing around - and occasionally have to survive attempts at theft. So the Spiegelei Junior are built to survive. The legs adjust by twisting large nuts attached to threaded bar, and inside the ball they attach to a ring of stainless tube.
They are now sited within Olympic Park, for everyone to enjoy.