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Dale Dunning
Fibonacci Dream

2012

About

The shadow and contour of a head is created from of a collection of screws arranged in a swirling patterns, welded and ground down to create reflective points. In 1202, the Italian mathematician Fibonacci posed and solved a problem involving the growth of population of rabbits.The solution was a sequence of numbers known today as Fibonacci numbers in which each number is the sum of the previous two numbers. An application of the numbers appear in spirals created by drawing circular arcs connecting the opposite corners of squares in the Fibonacci tiling. This can be seen in uncurling of ferns, branching of trees, flowers. The arrangement of the metal points in this work by Dunning is in a similar Fibonacci pattern that swirls and changes with light as the viewer changes perspective. Sculptor Dale Dunning’s skilled craftsmanship never overshadows the story he wants to tell. Often he presents new ways of looking at the human face – often as a mask – and a always compelling narrative. This steel sculpture is created out of a collection of screws carefully arranged, welded and ground down carefully to create the contour and shadow of a face. Dunning holds a MFA (1971) from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Dunning has exhibited across Canada and his work is held in a number of corporate and national collections. "The head that I employ in most of my work is generic, non-specific, genderless, egg-like in form and intention. I look on them as a mirror which reflects back the observer's experience in new combinations and associations. The works are open ended with no didactic intent other than to see new possibilities. I work in metal because I love the physical tactility of it and the processes involved in making a sculpture.” – Dale Dunning

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  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 17 in. x W 14 in. x D 9 in.

    H 43.18 cm x W 35.56 cm x D 22.86 cm

  • Gallery location
    Bloomfield, CA
  • Reference number
    LU2911189193

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