The dog, the rabbit and the hoop all feature in the painting, and take the place of the orrery.
Once upon a perfect night, unclouded and still, there came the face of a pale and beautiful lady. The tresses of her hair reached out to make the constellations, and the dewy vapours of her gown fell soft upon the land.
I took lots of photographs and had planned to write a treatise on how it worked, but I quickly got bored with that idea and wrote a scientific fairy tale instead.
The dog and the rabbit are telling us not to chase unattainable material goals.
The engine of ancient society was religion but the engine of contemporary society, as I see it, is advertising.
The hoop is there to remind us not to jump through it, not to submit to someone else's control.
Newton, of course, was the inventor of differential calculus so his place in the tale is quite special.
Having designed and built several clocks during my career it suddenly occurred to me that when you look at the face of a clock both hands have the same center.
If you look closely you can see that they are all interconnected, symbolic of a never-ending circle in which it is simply impossible for the dog to catch the rabbit.
I think most artists find it difficult to part with their work but it's the parting that keeps us alive and keeps us working. In the case of the chariot, although it's been sold I actually still have it, just in another form.
He was so tenacious he defied the distraction of women by refusing to have them in his presence, just as later in life he denied his blindness by calling for more and more candles.
Today she is the lady of death, which I believe is the best muse to have.
If we listen human instinct actually tells us what we need, but advertising makes us want things we don't need and things we can't have.
She's not happy about the life she is living but to jump through the hoop would mean to succumb to death.
You see, my ambition was not to confound the engineering world but simply to create a beautiful piece of art.
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