In a sculpture class taught by Rob Mckirdie, we were given the task to choose an artist we were inspired by. The idea was to mix their style with our own. I chose Harold Balazs because of his motto "Transcend the Bullshit." Starting from an icosahedron frame, I then filled the triangular spaces with designs directly from a sculpture of Harold's named the Lantern located downtown Spokane in a riverfront park. So this piece is a juxtaposition between my respect for him as an artist and my love for sacred geometry. The first three images below show where I initially stopped progress to receive a grade. Then earlier this year, I realized there was so much more that could be done. I removed the wood panels so I could paint them. Then fill the open spaces with epoxy, added the ball bearings to their points, then reattached the triangles with nuts bolts and washers which were previously only glued on.
For a long time, the relationship between the cube and dodecahedron was a mystery to me. So when it finally clicked, I was compelled to make a physical example showing what I had learned. Connecting any two corners of a pentagon creates an edge of a square. Extrapolate this throughout each face of the dodecahedron and you will outline the cube. The cube is represented by the earth and our soul, spirit, space, aether, even the universe, and consciousness are concepts unified by the dodecahedron. So the meaning of the sculpture can be interpreted in many ways.
Composed from discarded pieces of scrap metal it is an example of how abundant our world is. The icosahedron or 5th platonic solid is a 20-sided die. It is represented by water because of its round shape. Water, which symbolizes dreams and intuition, is all about movement, flow, and change. It is the center of creativity because embedded within it is the dodecahedron which represents soul, spirit, space, the universe, aether, and even consciousness. The icosahedron and dodecahedron geometrically depict the intrinsic idea that water and life are interconnected.
Dimethyltryptamine is a chemical substance that occurs in many plants and animals and which is both a derivative and a structural analog of tryptamine. It can be consumed as a psychedelic drug and has historically been prepared by various cultures for ritual purposes as an entheogen.
This sculpture was traded for the computer I'm using right now.
Many of my pieces start from a remnant from a previous project. Every piece of scrap is a possible seed to another work of art.