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Terry Poulos
Archimedes Vortex

2015

About the Item

Modern-day 3-dimensional facsimile of the 1-dimensional mathematical axis spiral found in the ancient manuscript titled the "Archimedes Palimpsest." Sculpture conveys a double entendre with its proprietary version of the universe spiraling through space, evoking Archimedes’ effort to calculate the volume of the universe. The universe is depicted via the vortex spiral and globe as supercooled and superheated, a polar opposite electrical balance of nature. An armillary sphere conveys Archimedes' math treatises on the circle, sphere and cylinder. Included are one vintage pulley and corkscrew (representing the water screw), both honoring Archimedes inventions, and one valve handle. SPECS: Spot-welded seven-foot long vintage iron chain, vintage armillary sphere, antique padlock with brass key (invoking "secrets and technology locked away." Height: 2.1 feet, width 1.2 feet. Base is a vintage 8" diameter gear from a used farm implement. Chain links 2" long each. Weight: 35 pounds. Colors: Verdigris green patina, gold, teal, interference, white, black, clear epoxy. Year of creation: 2015.
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