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One thing missing here is color. Here's our armillary sphere, painted a Victorian scarlet.
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Amber, reading your article has remind me of a project that as sculptor I did last year.
Thanks for refreshing our minds with this wonderful ideas!

Here I post a few pictures of my own interpretation of an armillary sphere. (A modern one)
I did it for a client that was a collector of these types of spheres. I didn't know about it, and while I was showing him other sculpture projects as well as some sketches of ideas that were still to make, he saw my armillary sphere and just loved it.

It is made in rusted corten steel, in a patina that lasts perfectly outdoors, and the "planets" are made in marble.

I invite you all to see more about outdoor sculpture and furniture design on my site:

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