A gorgeous blend of Cor-ten steel and stainless steel. Contrasting the crusty rusty red surface of the Cor-ten with the super slick clean stainless surface is almost uncomfortable for the viewer. Certainly a nod to the Yin and Yang here. Also notice the two conical shapes that make up the primary forms of the piece. Titled “Galileo’s Night Vision”, these forms are obviously referencing two human eyes. However, the artist is also using a reoccurring theme here that comes from many years of working with Chinese artists. The conical shapes here are also referencing the simple Chinese peasants hat. This adds another layer of interest, as East meets West, Galileo meets the Chinese peasant. (more Yin and Yang contrasting).
This conical shape became an almost obsessive focus for the artist in his later years. While it had already been a persistent subject, it began to take on more significance as a conceptual form. The inverted human hat shape began to be used as a archetypal vortex symbol – often seen in the artists later “Echo” series of work.
“Galileo’s Night Vision” by Joseph Wesner, sculptor, with Jim Storm, fabricator. 2002.
This is just one of several public sculptures by the late Joseph Wesner in the Mt. Clemens area.
Artist Jim Storm still lives and works in Detroit, if you get a chance definitely check out his work. A great artist in his own right.