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Fibonacci Lines

2017
Steel, Patina, acrylic, custom electronics

 The hand-cut lines in each bar emit a low, diffuse light, echoing the energetic process used to create it while indelibly recording the wavering hand of its creator.

The hand-cut lines in each bar emit a low, diffuse light, echoing the energetic process used to create it while indelibly recording the wavering hand of its creator.

The sculpture is named after the Fibonacci sequence (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13,...) which is a growth pattern found everywhere in nature; from seashells to trees to human proportions to even the cycle of the human heart beat.  Like the Fibonacci series, the lengths of each illuminated bar in this series relative to each other are 2, 3, and 5 feet (2 + 3 = 5).

Using these proportions, I performed a simple experiment by trying to 'draw' by hand a perfectly straight line using plasma to cut through 3mm steel. The experience is kind of like drawing with a garden hose while wearing a beekeeper's outfit, except with high-energy plasma beams and lots of sparks.

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Set of 3: 
#1: 24in x 1.5in x 1in (61cm x 4cm x 2.5cm)
#2: 36in x 1.5in x 1in (91cm x 4cm x 2.5cm)
#3: 60in x 1.5in x 1in (152cm x 4cm x 2.5cm)

Aligned in a column like the image above, total dimensions are 60in x 20in x 1in (152cm x 51cm x 2.5cm).
Aligned end to end, total dimensions are 144in x 1.5in x 1in (366cm x 4cm x 2.5cm).

 If you look very closely, the wavering of the hand-drawn line contrasts with a perfectly straight line laser-etched inside, indelibly recording the imperfections of its human hand versus a machine.

If you look very closely, the wavering of the hand-drawn line contrasts with a perfectly straight line laser-etched inside, indelibly recording the imperfections of its human hand versus a machine.