Edward Moses is an engineer and physicist. He is the
current President of the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization.
He is a past principal associate director for the National
Ignition Facility & Photon Science Directorate, where
he led the California-based NIF, the largest experimental
science facility in the US and the world’s most energetic
laser, that hopes to demonstrate the first feasible
example of usable nuclear fusion.
As associate director (AD) for the National Ignition
Facility (NIF) Program at Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory from 2005 to 2007, he was responsible for
completing construction and bringing into full operation
the world’s largest optical instrument for achieving
ignition in the laboratory and for studying inertial
The fusion created when
the laser hits its target is similar to the fusion created
in the formation of a star. I tell this story with the
use of a metaphor, by placing Ed in a nebula, the birthplace
of stars. In the background is the Omega or Swan Nebula
which is located in Sagittarius. I liked the ghost of
a human figure formed by its gases. It suggested to
me the interaction and exchange between man and his
environment. The figure sits like a constellation in
the Universe, his physical nature becoming almost transparent.
The painting is about the human spirit aiming towards
the light of one's own vision. I wonder what it is about
the human spirit that chooses a path that the body must
follow. I think each person's unique path is the metaphor
from which their spirit learns.