James Ossi

Soap bubble sculptures.

To see the sculpture in motion, as intended,
please click on this
Smithsonian video.

James Ossi Bubble Machine Sculpture - detail

These soap bubbles are constantly moving and changing. Each bubble is about 3 inches square.

Joseph Antoine Ferdinand Plateau (1801 - 1883) a Belgian physicist, wondered, "If there were only one bubble in the universe, what would its value be?"

Indeed, Mr. Plateau.

James Ossi Bubble Machine Sculpture

This is a typical, small bubble sculpture. There are three bubble chambers so people can see three aspects at once:

Sculptures like this have been throughout the United States, Canada and Japan. TV shows about them have been global.

I've had one of these sculptures in the lobby of the physics building in MIT since 1980. Professor French, an old physicist, came up to me to share his thoughts. I anticipated some words of deep math but instead he said, "You know, I've been studying these bubbles for quite some time now. It's really all about joy, isn't it?"

God, I felt like kissing him on the head.

James Ossi Bubble Machine Sculpture

This close-up is from Seattle. The one below is 20 feet tall.

I view these sculptures as a "magnifying glass" for Mother Nature's jewelry. Others call them kinetic art sculptures.

But kinetic artists are a flakey lot, likable, but very odd. So, I've written some award wining screenplays about them: Healing Marie and Ultraviolet Child. If you want more information about these screenplays, e-mail me at james.ossi@earthlink.net.

James Ossi Bubble Machine Sculpture


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