Relief Dome of Enceladus with Active Plumes

Creative Director: Dan Goods
Sculptor: Joby Harris
Technical Integration: Shawn Jackson
Fabricator: Fernando Escala at E Creative Group

img_4581

img_4580

The Enceladus Half Dome exhibited at DPS/EPSC Pasadena, 2016.

Description: a working 3D relief model of Enceladus, showing active water vapor geysers/plumes.

Cartography: The model was sculpted as close to being topographically correct as possible. The cartographic base was the Enceladus photomosaic map from the Cassini mission.

Project idea: The Half Dome was made to the request of planetary scientists working on Saturn / the Cassini Team.

Material, technique: The Enceladus Half Dome was sculpted in clay spread over a large 55” foam half dome. The clay half dome was then molded and recreated in fiberglass.  Inside the base that the model sits on are two tanks with vibrating ceramic discs inside that create a soft mist out of water. Small fans equally controlled by an automatic timer pull the mist up through ventilation tubes and out of small holes in crevices sculpted on the Enceladus model surface.

Different phases of the Dome’s construction. 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s