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Artist Marcheschi, Cork (American, b. 1945)
Title When the Clouds are Like Headlines on a New Front Page Sky
Date c. 1970
Medium Wire/Wood/Fluorescent Light Bulbs/Electrical Equipment
Material Mixed Media
Technique Electrical light sculpture
Credit line Varies-see individual records
Notes Marcheschi received his Masters of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California. He has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries across the United States and throughout the world, including the Aldrich Museum in Connecticut, the National Gallery in West Berlin, Germany, the Copenhagen Museum in Denmark, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. His works appear in the permanent collections of the Milwaukee Art Center in Wisconsin, the Minnesota Institute of Arts in Minnesota, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. Marcheschi is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts award in sculpture, a McKnight Foundation Grant, and a Bush Foundation Fellowship. The California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minnesota, the San Francisco Art Institute in California, and the University of California in Berkeley are all institutions where Marcheschi has taught. He has given more than 150 lectures in the United States and in Europe.

This work is one of Marcheschi’s early spark works. All the wires and the electrical apparatus are exposed. The artist has piled up stacks of flourescent bulbs which light up when an electrical charge is sent through two ascending wires named “Jacob’s Ladder” by the artist. This unique work stimulates several of the viewer’s senses. A sensational visual phenomenon takes place when the electrical charge is sent and the electricity arcs its way through “Jacob’s Ladder.” Almost simultaneously, a loud popping sound occurs as the work lights up, and then, as an added bonus, a minuscule amount of vapor is emitted into the ozone and leaves behind an odor.
Object ID 2017.07.121
Object Type Sculpture