Michael John Whelan

Ouroboros, 2013-2021

42cm red neon
 

Depicting a serpent eating its own tail, this ancient symbol of renewal is constructed in red neon. It flashes towards the street, day and night, the constancy of the flashing resonating with the cyclicality the symbol represents. As the day grows darker the light becomes more present, healing the surrounding, connected environment. What is considered today a slow pulse, the timing of the flashing is sourced from footage of the earliest neon signs from the 1930.