Monday, February 11, 2008

Invisible Handshake ll

Our family was invited to an open studio in Baltimore Saturday, Feb 9, to see that latest sculpture of our friend Helaman Ferguson. Six years in the creating, it is the solution the following mathematical equation and will soon be sent to Macalaster College in St. Paul, MN for outdoor installation.

"INVISIBLE HANDSHAKE II", negative gaussian curvature carved
triply punctured torus, (x,y) in C x C and y^2=x^3+ax+b in R^4
down to R^3, singlehandedly carved 1/2 billion year old 11 ton
block of diorite; commissioned by Professor of Mathematics Stan
Wagon, Department of Mathematics, and Macalester College, St. Paul,
Minnesota; inspired by the mathematical work of Celso Costa and
Alfred Gray.
Helaman Rolfe Pratt Ferguson, Sculptor, American, b. 1940.

When you shakes hands with someone, there is space between the hands, and the sculpture is of that negative space

Helaman talking to Julia

Daniel climbed through the sculpture. The red is cutting markings that still need to be polished before delivery.

I was persuaded by Hemaman to crawl through this space.


Cami said...

Cool! Art you can play on!

Christie said...

So cool. I would have never thought to sculpt negative space. Guess that is why I am not an artist.