by Gael Stirler
Felix Cartagena's "Fairy Spheres" are mystifying and beautiful as they float on the breeze,
capturing light on a fragile film, glistening with all the colors of the rainbow.
"I see bubble making as performance art, but as one step removed. It is not the making
of the bubbles but the bubbles themselves that is the performance." says Cartagena' who loves watching
bubbles and watching how people react to bubbles. "It is unspoken harmony with the universe."
Felix Cartagena with his Fairy Sphere Wagon at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, 2005
Bubbles in HistorySoap bubbles occur naturally whenever water, air, and soap interact. At any given moment four percent of the earth's
oceans are covered with bubbles, which play a vital role in the chemistry of life.
From early times this phenomenon has intrigued children and adults.
Archimedes was the first to record that the angle of the planes created when two or more bubbles connect is always 120°ree;.
Pieter Bruegel included a child blowing bubbles in the left hand corner of his painting
Children's Games in 1560.
Jean-Etienne Liotard, painted
Children Blowing Bubbles in the early seventeenth century.
Detail from Children's Games by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1560, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna.
Cartegena has invented a number of "ephemeral sculpture machines," as he calls them, including one that creates bubbles 3 feet wide and 12 feet long.
Like a modern da Vinci, he designed and created a renaissance-style deus ex machina to make dancing Fairy Spheres for the children at the Renaissance Faires.
Look for Felix Cartagena at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, and the Maryland Renaissance Festival just outside of Annapolis, Maryland this fall. Visit his Bubble website at http://www.bubblesbubbles.com/.
Felix Cartagena's favorite bubble picture
Originally published September 2005 in Renstore.com/Articles.