Adolf Wölfli. From the Cradle to the Grave. Countess Charlotte as a Flying Velerůže, Colombian Tree in Kolumbijánu, Special Rose of Australia Speaking Body, Giant City, The Eyeglass-Butterfly in India, Uruguay’s Imperial Butterflies and Flowers with Apples Speaking Vorgán (top to bottom). 1912.
For years now, whenever my mind was free to drift, I’ve invariably found myself trying to imagine the confluence of three waves. I had a feeling the forms created would be beautiful, and somehow true to this world. But the design proved wonderfully elusive, and the mental pursuit took me down all sorts of paths…
The Triple Helix has 1027 hexagonal wood blocks, a welded steel frame, three aluminum helices and a polycarbonate matrix with 9280 pulleys. The sheer number of parts combined with a high level of precision almost got the better of me, but served to dramatically increase both the fluidity and variability. The combined amplitude is greater than the diameter, resulting in a continuous wavescape of steep contours and smooth curves. The forms are mathematically complex, full of unexpected saddles and peaks. At the same time its sensuousness reminds me of traditional figure drawing: I keep wanting to get a pad of paper and spend time studying each pose it takes.
Paul Day is a British sculptor. His high-relief sculptures are made in terracotta, resin, and bronze. He has spent over twenty years developing a highly personal approach to figurative sculpture with a particular interest in representing the figure in architectural space using high-relief, an art form that combines drawn composition and fully rounded sculpture.