„Basic Shapes“  -  Cylindric Variation No. 3/4          Online Exhibition, October 2013 to April 2014

Like the cylinder these round objects show a radial symmetry - however, mathematically they originate from a curve that rotates rather than a streight line. The ring of light sapwood which contrasts with the dark heartwood reminds us of the original shape of the cylindrical trunk.

Lignum vitae is one of the hardest and heaviest woods that exist; the three objects in this series weigh between 25 and 55 kg but are absolutely weather- proof. Such basic shapes are frequently met in nature  and result from the equilibrium of macroscopic physical forces such as surface and gravitational force on a hanging drop. Since in nature the contours often are not exact, a manual carving process was preferred to machine turning on a lathe.


Certain objects draw the attention of a visitor more than others, in  particular for their very simple and  harmonic shape. They look somehow sublime and focus our mind  on the essentials of life, thus showing us the little  significance of all our worries; they can calm our mind.

Such impression is enhanced, when the object is hanging from a rope  rather than sitting on a pedestal: Apart from presenting a better view of the entire shape, the hanging position leads to small vibrations and rotations. Due to the weight of the objects  such movements  can continue for a long  time without any external triggering.

The cornered shapes shown here are called „Platonic Solids“ in geometry. Typical is that all corners are identical with respect to the adjacent angels, lines, and surfaces. There exist exacly five such solids, and the three more commonly known are shown here: Tetrahedron, cube, and octahedron, all made from Mahogany planks. The symmetry, although visually very obvious, is reduced to certain points, so a basic cylindrical shape can hardly be associated with them.

In nature such structures are found in crystals and result from the equilibrium of microscopic chemical forces i.e. bonds between atoms. The octahedron shape shown above can be found also as a raw diamond - if you are very lucky.

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