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Digital Numeric Relevator artwork series

"Digital Numeric Relevator Mk V - Numerologist's Nightmare"
completed June 1986
21" X 15" X 5"

The numeric displays for this piece were removed from the first digital volt meter made.  I find the shape of the characters particularly pleasing to the eye.  Each digit counts back and forth 0-9 then 9-0, and each one is out of step by 1, producing a constantly changing number sequence.


The digits are made up of sheets of clear acrylic with numbers etched into them.  Each sheet is lit from the top by a separate miniature light bulb.  As they count, the numbers float back and forth in space, with the whole sequence moving in a see-saw pattern as the counts reverse.


This piece is SOLD


The displays for this piece were removed from 2 working vintage digital Voltmeters.  Made by Non-Linear Industries they are possibly the first digital voltmeters ever made.  In operation these units made a huge racket when taking a reading that sounds like Robby the robot from the movie "Forbidden Planet" when he was thinking.  A "clackety-clack" sound of many relays operating as each number was switched.  Below is the working unit that I disassembled to create this piece - it felt like sacrilege to destroy this piece of history!


1/94 - 3/94 "Poetic Devices"
City of Brea Gallery, Brea, CA
11/94 - 6/95 Holmes Fine Art, San Jose, CA
1/97 - 2/97 “ENLIGHTENED”
 Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose, CA.


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