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Published on Nov 12, 2007
The "FARMER JACK" consists of three sculptures connected electronically. The "SHOPPING GODDESS" is the largest of the three and controls the other two. The electronics collect information about human activities in the C.E.O's office where THE SHOPPING GODDESS is located. The Thought Bubble of the Shopping Goddess is the electronic brain and controls the various functions and actions of the other sculptures. The sensory information from these circuits is fed into an on-board microcomputer capable of linking to the corporation's main frame so that corporate data could be used in the sculpture. The second sculpture, "JUMPING JACK", is located in the CEO's office. Superficially,it resembles a medieval shrine. The third sculpture, "COMMODITIES", consists of pieces of dried corn, beans and peanuts on three rods that occasionally rotate causing the pieces to rise and fall. The sun and a cloud to move with respect to one another. The cloud occasionally eclipses the sun. As a counterpoint to all this, a dollar bill tied to the end of a lever on a rotating arm, gradually rises and suddenly falls in response to the workings of THE "SHOPPING GODDESS's" thought bubble. More info at http://www.ylem.org/artists/jpallas/f...