The Fermilab Artist-In Residence Show & Reception Day Thank You

The actions have been taken, the outcomes are to be relinquished. The moment has arrived when the work for the Artist-In-Residence @ Fermilab is open for public review and comment. It has been a year full of creative activity, intense focus at times, and now a sense of appreciation for the opportunity to be at Fermilab.

The experience has provided me with unique opportunities not usually found in my day to day art making activities. The almost 45 year planned project to record the sound of snowflakes hitting wires has been realized. The opportunity to connect art, science and music together with the fabrication of “The Angel of the Apocalypse” combined with the performance of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at Ramsey Auditorium is the stuff of which dreams are made of.

The acquisition of unexpected materials all fueling and driving the creative process has been a delightful experience. The things I’m given to work with is a foundational aspect of my work. A perfect example is one of the leaded crystal elements from experiment E760. If Larry Bartoszek hadn’t given me this thing the Angel would not have been made, the concert, the experience would not have happened


The .004″ dia. detector wire from and experiment at Fermilab given to me by Derek Plant of Fermilab and his expertise in creating metal spinnings shaped into resonant cones, made the snowflake detector for Ring Around the Ring possible.

Meeting and interacting with many individuals at Fermilab has been a very real bright spot in my art making experience. I have found The Family of Fermilab to be a tight knit and supportive group inspiring not only my work but the work of the scientific community at large.

It is with some sadness to find my tenure as AIR over.The 2018 AIR Mr. Adam Nadel will hopefully find Fermilab as inspiring as I have.

There are many things that would not have been created if it were not for this exposure and opportunity. I have many other things related to the experience to come. Fermilab is a remarkable jewel on the prairie. I will be forever grateful for this program and will continue to be an Ambassador within the community for it.

Thank You!