Steve Eichenberger, artist

“Jasper,” Cosmic Zoo series.

Work in Progress: See other photos of finished piece. Shown here greeting me as I opened the kiln lid to see if it survived the firing — only the second firing in this cute little 110V kiln we found on craigslist.

12″ tall (with party hat, see other photos) x 5″ wide x 5″ deep (30cm x 13cm x 13cm)

One of a kind, ceramic wall sculpture by Steve Eichenberger

Riveted party hat made from repurposed aluminum. Easy to hang, via supplied hook.

This series has to do with the emergence of self-awareness and intelligence, not only on Earth, but throughout the cosmos. I’m fascinated by what it must have been like for the very first few early hominids to “wake up” within their minds… Was it confusing? Did it come and go? Did one or two individuals in a troop find themselves bestowed with intelligence while the rest remained animalistic?

Multiply this emergence times infinity throughout space-time… For how could time and space be anything but infinite in all directions?

But the speed of light is so slow and our existence so fleeting compared to the vastness of the cosmos, that it’s as if we are trapped in amber…making it statistically unlikely that we will ever have the pleasure of contemporaneously interacting with intelligent species from other star systems.

“Jasper” is a reminder to value our special existential awareness. It’s a big deal. The party hat is a reminder to have fun while we’re at it.