The Gift

As with many of my sculptures, this one began with an unusual stone on the beach, and I developed what was already there.  For me, the form expresses a dance and a relationship between two closely related bodies navigating a fluid space.  And it expresses an appreciation of the gift of movement. 

The name came later, when Lucretia and I were wondering what could work as a base.  At one point, she suggested an overlapping black granite cap on a white marble cube.  “Like a gift box!”, she said.  Eureka!

While I was still carving, a snapshot of the sculpture from this perspective helped my 14 year old grandson Amaris understand the geometric operation “rotation”.  One of the two component shapes is roughly a 180 degree rotation of the other around its apparent axis of movement through the fluid.  In addition to that fundamental rotational symmetry, the two forms are also warped asymmetrically with respect to each other, imparting a sense of their individuality, their interdependence, and their spiral motion through a fluid medium.

A worthwhile exercise in 3-D visualization is to perform those operations in your mind while viewing the sculpture from the various perspectives.  This is much easier to do with the highest-quality images.  

This paragraph was inspired by Tim's comment on visualization of spatial relationships in response to my Vancouver Observer article Thoughts on the Creative Process.  In my mind's eye, I compared the large-scale topography of Tim's farm and the microscopic fluid environment implied in this sculpture.


Photos by Lee Gass