Orbital Loops, San Diego County Commission.

Orbital Loops


Joyce Cutler-Shaw’s sources of inspiration are the natural world, the human life cycle, and the mysteries of the cosmos. The idea for Orbital Loops was generated from her interest in the visual traces of the orbits of the spacecraft, Cassini, which uses the gravity of Titan, one of Saturn’s 53 named moons, to propel itself into Titan’s orbit to observe that the paths of planet’s rings and moons. There are many orbits — our solitary moon around the earth, the planets of our solar system around the sun, migratory paths of birds, flight patterns of aircraft around the globe, and Olympic athletes around their tracks. Orbits are inherent in our common origins and significant in the routine pathways of our daily lives.

Orbital Loops traverses the 24 foot high ceiling of San Diego County’s Administration Building located at 5500 Overland Avenue, casting ceiling, wall, and floor shadows of its linear forms.  It is comprised of 24 sections of two inch aluminum tubing, powder coated in a iridescent blue/green and suspended from the ceiling.