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"Digital Numeric Relevator
Mk I - Nixie Numismatics"
completed January 1995
14" X 14" X 22"
This piece was built late
in the series chronologically, however I reserved the MK I designation for the
day that I located the nixie tubes that display the numbers in this piece.
Nixie tubes are vacuum tubes filled with neon, and are possibly the very first
form of electronic numeric display technology.
I deliberately made the piece to look old by
simulating the look of black Bakelite and using Oak wood.
I made a vintage style label from a circuit board and used old style indicator
lamps to complete the antique effect.
Nixie tube close-up:
This piece is available for $1950.00
contact me to purchase
In a Nixie Tube
display each numeral is a complete, lighted cathode in the shape of the
numeral. The cathodes
are stacked so that different numerals appear at different depths. The anode is
a transparent metal mesh across the front of the display.
The name Nixie came about accidentally. A [Burroughs] draftsman making drawings of the device labeled it NIX I, for Numeric Indicator eXperimental No. 1. His colleagues began referring to it as "Nixie," and the name stuck. (Scientific American, June '73, pp. 66).
|2/95 - 6/95||Holmes Gallery (aka Art-Tech), San Jose, CA|
|3/96 - 1/97||MONA , Los Angeles, CA|
|1/97 - 2/97||RTKL Gallery, Los Angeles, CA|
|1/98 - 2/98||Center For Visual Arts, Oakland, CA|
|7/98 - 8/98||“ENLIGHTENED”
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose, CA.
|6/00 - 9/00||“SMALL OBJECTS FOR SOUND & LIGHT”
NLC Corporate Gallery , Rohnert Park, CA
|6/02 - 7/02||"Openings"
The Art House,
Winthrop, Maine. June 23 - July 26, 2002
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