Sunday, 8 March 2009

Maquette for the UWI Sculpture Project

In November 2006, I presented the Univeristy of the West Indies with 2 maquettes of my proposed design for a public sculpture. A maquette is a small model that is made to scale. My very talented artist Husband, John Stollmeyer made the model of the Learning Resource Centre at UWI out of foam core board. I made 2 versions of the proposed sculptures at different scales.

The work will be comprised of 2 similar nautilus shell-like forms that will be wall mounted. These forms will be made of wires and pipes that will describe the form of the nautilus in a linear but also 3 dimensional way. The size of the spiral will increase based on the Fibonacci sequence. In this mathematical sequence, each number is the sum of the previous 2 numbers. The sequence begins 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89…
These wire shells will be embellished with small circular or oval mirrors and sheet metal details. The 2 shell forms will spiral away from the central axis and each other with the opening of the shell form facing the grounds outside.
The work will be lit from the recessed lights above. The light from above will accentuate the interplay between the linear and solid elements, between the positive and negative spaces and between the sculptures and their shadows.

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