Trajectory of Resilience

Already as a rough boulder, the granite suggested a graph or mathematical function to me, and that impression remained foremost in my mind as I worked the stone.  Specifically, the form represents the figure-8 phase-space diagram my scientific hero Buzz Holling uses to describe the resilient character of complex ecological and social systems.  I carved the sculpture in his honour, on the occasion of a Festschrift held in his honour.

I find it hilarious that although this sculpture is clearly abstract, it is also representational.  But what it represents is a high level scientific abstraction!  

The granite is from the west coast of Vancouver Island, and the basalt from a small islet near my home on Quadra Island.

Photos by Lee Gass.