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The 'Concentric Bearings' prints form an important series which Celmins produced with the Gemini G. E. L. print workshop in Los Angeles. The series explores different images of 'turning space'. 'Concentric Bearings D' contains an image of a falling plane, Celmins's own image of stars turning in the night sky and a rotary device taken from Marcel Duchamp’s 'Rotary Glass Plates (Precision Optics) 1920'. Duchamp’s machine produced optical illusions. Celmins drew Duchamp’s rotary device from a photograph and then transferred it to the plate using photogravure. The image of the plane was particularly poignant for Celmins who spent her childhood in Latvia and Germany in the late 1930s and 1940s.