What you see here is an ARMILLARY sphere. Originally designed by the Greeks an armillary was used as a teaching tool. The sphere is made up of rings and poles and an arrow representing the equator. The meridians and parallels and the center ball represent the earth following the sun. ...and where did this very large armillary come from? My son-in-law Brian made it !
As some of you may recall he and my daughter have a thriving antique business in NY state and Brian often refers to his stockpile of discarded metallic pieces to produce something original to be sold in their shop. One of their regular customers is a world traveler and he became enamored with the armillary while in Europe. He wasn't having much luck in finding one to meet his requirements until he remembered some of the amazing metallic things that Brian had produced. He presented his idea to him and the search was over. Of course Brian jumped at the chance and what you see here is the finished product.
It is now proudly displayed in a large field on the man's property. You get an idea of just how large the armillary is with him standing next to it ... almost as large as his grin !
Nothing makes a business owner happier than another satisfied customer !