Fox Ear Telescope
Fox ear inspired radio-telescope dish. Modified clock mecanism. Backpack.

Concept by Antoine Bertin. Design by Hélène Combal-Weiss. Clockmaking by Joel Whybrew.

2014

Fox ears and radio-telescopes are both elliptic paraboloids : curved surfaces that collect distant signals and concentrate them in a focal point.
It is fascinating that a shape commonly found in the wild is also the essence of the technology we use to listen to the most remote part of the universe.
The dish of the object is based on he cast of a fox ear. Mounted on a wind-up clock mechanism it has been designed to follow Vulpecula, the constellation of the fox, as it moves across the sky.