20" x 20" x 54" on pedestal with lights
The Alpha kaleidoscope is a very limited edition piece of custom craftsmanship. Taking several hundred hours to design and machine, there were only three units made available for sale (along with one artist proof). Each one is anodized with a different finish color, numbered, signed and dated. They come with a custom designed pedestal that the scope solidly mounts to, and is wired with a halogen lamp that is specifically designed to illuminate the image with a particular warmth and glow. The internal image is created by several hand lampworked glass pieces made by glass artist Leslie Ann Bitgood, along with a few machined and found metal objects. Each kaleidoscope comes with two interchangeable object chambers, one each with a black and silver background color. The object chambers are user accessible so that any number of objects could be added or subtracted to allow the user to customize the image to fit his or her particular taste.