A to-scale Model of the Universe (30' x 30' x 3") is an interactive sculpture comprised of 128 analog bathroom scales purchased by myself from every thrift store and Walmart along the I-5 corridor from Stanwood to Tacoma, Washington.
The scales are arranged in the formation and spirit of a Buddhist sand mandala
Participants were invited to walk gently across the scales, taking care not to tip them as they traversed the space.
Each participant could hear their foot falls as they moved across the piece from one side to the other. All scales were set to zero, but inevitably read different weights.
Participants could lay across the scales and disperse their weight.
Brian on the scales
All scales were eventually returned to the Goodwill to be recycled into the cosmos of the thrift store economy.
Or they were brought back to Walmart, cleaned and in their original packaging.
And I was refunded in full.