Sapphire Plasmacoil is one piece in my four-part GemTech Series.
Plasma is something that we know plenty about already, so if you were to ask some plasma scientist “is sapphire a good way to channel plasma?” they would probably say no and be very confused. But when did art ever let reality get in the way?
In my opinion, sapphire is the only good way to channel plasma, and who are you going to believe? Because in my view, our future is filled with spaceships built with gigantic synthetic sapphire components that plasma will be funneled through to power interstellar, and maybe even intergalactic, flights of fancy and exploration. And how cool would a big sapphire spaceship be?
I mean synthetic sapphire has already been used to make windows in helicopter gunships. Is it really that far off to predict we’ll find more uses for it in the future?
Here’s Sapphire Plasmacoil in the context of the full set:
My GemTech Series uses vivid colors and symmetrical geometrical forms to imply structure and purposefully-built technology. Using gemstones as material interests me because gems do have certain crystalline lattices and are built in certain ways, and the idea that future branches of science may just find these forms to be exactly what we need is very interesting to me.
I wanted to avoid using plain crystals, because I think they’re overused, and diamonds, because I think the diamond market is basically a real-life evil racket already. I’d rather wear gemstones than diamonds any day of the week. But the world of gemstones is vast and much more colorful and artistic.
See the full resolution detail of Sapphire Plasmacoil below:
Here’s a photo of me holding Sapphire Plasmacoil as an aluminum print. You’ll notice that although the artwork itself is square, this print is rectangular. It’s actually a misprint. Generally this piece will be printed as a square, but the details still look great!