Hollow Moon Rings Like a Bell

 
 

Hand blown glass bells, iron meteorites, monofilament, 2019

Hollow Moon Rings Like a Bell investigates NASA’s Apollo Missions which placed seismometers on the moon and discovered “Moon Quakes”, a vibration felt on the moon’s surface when struck by a meteorite. Astronauts have described this sensation as “ringing like a bell”, only there is no sound in the vacuum of space. I imagine the moon with an atmosphere, each crater creating a vibration where sound waves could permeate through the molecules that make life possible. Each of the 55 handbells represent our moon’s natural orchestra. To form the bell claps, small fragments of iron meteorites are suspended inside and silicate glass forms the bell’s body.