Her Nature - Caroline Rothwell - Spirit Level
Spirit Level, 2016, Britannia metal, magnifying glass, biosphere, storm glass, wood.
Influenced by the form a retort stand, the sculpture holds three transparent glass forms: a magnifying glass, a biosphere, and a storm glass.
The biosphere represents a self sustaining closed ecosystem, first developed by NASA to explore life and Earth biomechanics. The storm glass is a historic weather monitoring device, developed by Admiral Fitzroy in the Nineteenth Century to travel on board ships such as the HMS Beagle in an attempt to predict the oncoming weather. (If there are small dots in the liquid, humid or foggy weather can be expected; a cloudy glass with small stars indicates thunderstorms; threads near the top, indicate wind.)