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ARTIST: Jerry Huff


Displays: Sits atop a pedestal

Height (w/out hanging wire): 13 in

Max Width: 28 in

Weight: 3 lbs


This submission incorporates a mobile in the mobile and is titled “0xDEADBEEF”. It was conceived while admiring the complexity and mathematical symmetry of Mahler/Segerman's 3D printed Quaternary Tree (Level 6). By reducing the number of vertices from 4 to 2 and the levels from 6 to 5, you end up with a data structure that represents a 32-bit binary word, the core element of modern mobile computing.

This 32-bit computer word mobile is made of stainless steel wire with hand stamped/inked aluminum medallions and is counter balanced by a lustrous gold back with white bezel iPhone 6. The mobile screen depicts an insatiable consumer of modern day connectivity, having all of the latest apps bursting with notifications of importance. The value of the 32-bit binary word (1101 1110 1010 1101 1011 1110 1110 1111) that springs forth from the back of the mobile is 3,735,928,559 - an innocent enough number when depicted in binary or decimal but having the unsavory value of 0xDEADBEEF when represented in base-16 hexadecimal, which uses the characters 0-9 and A-F to denote the 16 possible values for each digit. The individual bits, indifferent to their aggregate value, dance merrily at the slightest breeze seemingly overjoyed to be free from the confines of their virtual world. The mobile is anchored on a stone base, symbolizing man’s rise from the Stone Age to the Digital Information Age, and where we are headed back to socially with our screen addiction replacing face-to-face human interactions.

Mobile concept and construction are mine. Credit for the screen image goes to my son, Jacob Huff, and his cat, Gideon, seen peering from behind the soul-sucking icons as if asking “What are you doing with your life, don’t you know what’s really important?”. Thanks to my coworker, Lindsay Uckar, for donating her beloved iPhone 6, killed dead after participating in a full wash cycle with her clothes – all the rice in China could not save it.

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