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Spring

Wood, aluminum, Formica, Garolite, brass, mechanical components, motor
Artwork by [user-name]

Originally inspired by looking at ferns on a walk in the woods, "Spring" is a mechanical abstraction of the same unfurling action that occurs in fiddleheads. The title is a double-entendre referring also to the coiled spring-like shape that the sculpture assumes. In fact, in an earlier version of this piece, there was a coiled spring incorporated into the mechanism.
Spring is the time of year most associated with hope and ebullience of spirit. I wanted to tap into that spirit and create a piece that embodies the gesture of reaching toward the light, in the sense of both offering and receiving. In the calculation of the relationships in the spiral the "golden ratio" was used, resulting in a spiral that is found in many natural forms as they grow. I believe that what in mathematical terms expresses balance and efficiency, by moral extension and cultural expression becomes the universal golden rule of human behavior. Spring is the part of us that aspires to unfold the golden rule in our interpersonal relationships and which is embodied in the gesture of reaching outward toward each other and upward against the drag of negative social pressures.
Ultimately, Spring is forward looking, but acknowledges the cyclical nature of optimism. It is also meant to remind us that optimism and patience go together.

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