Full Moon, 2016 (Red Nappa Pocket Case with Azure Celestial Interior)
The moon has been observed and drawn from earth for over 2000 years. But only since the Lunar 3 mission in 1959 and subsequent NASA Apollo missions have we known the appearance of the far side.
Created using NASA survey data, with elevations somewhat exaggerated, we believe this little pocket lunar globe is as topographically correct as a hand made moon at a scale of 1:65,584,905 can be. That translates to a tiny 5cm diameter!
About the Artwork
Signed, dated and editioned by the artist
Size: 5cm diameter supplied with your choice of oak or acrylic stand
Oak Pocket Case: 70mm (2.5”) diameter.
- This natural pocket oak case opens to reveal a hand painted celestial chart of the northern and southern skies, and a tiny lunar globe sits within.
About the Loraine Rutt
Artist and cartographer Loraine Rutt has been making maps from clay for over 25 years.
Travel and maps have remained her primary influence. The focus of her one-off pieces has varied in scale from large architectural ceramics like Bellenden Map Terrace to encapsulating in porcelain the minute remote sensing data in the Mapping Space series.
She has returned to making globes time and again, and The Little Globe Co has grown from an idea to recreate the Pocket Globes of the 18th and 19th century for modern collectors. Described by the Science Museum as ‘Gentleman’s Novelties’, these tiny globes were beautiful, highly detailed miniature worlds that could literally be held in one hand. Focusing on the relief detail, Loraine has developed a range of tiny porcelain globes at a scale of 1:170 000 000 that can mounted and rotated in little oak cases which are contemporary Pocket Globes.
‘We are thrilled with the two globes (celestial and terrestrial) and the moon we commissioned from the Little Globe Company. They are very finely made, interesting, and have been quite a talking point with our friends and family. They look beautiful displayed in the study and I look at them every day.’