Eight Rod Ring
Hang this sculpture on the door. I think it makes a great wreath. It may even symbolize the cyclical nature of life.
The rods brace outwards against the inward pull of the twine. They balance each other out.
This makes it a Tensegrity. You can read more about theory and techniques here.
It is of a class of Tensegrity structures known as prisms – in this case, an octagonal prism. Each base is an octagon and the walls of the prism are twisted about its axis. The rods make up a hyperboloid, a mathematical surface made from straight lines revolved around a separate axis, same shape as commonly used for cooling towers.
Each element relies on its neighbors and the circularity of the arrangement to remain stable. Kind of like a lap circle, a team-building exercise where a group of people form a ring each sitting on the lap of the next. Unlike a lap circle though, this structure stays up independent of gravity.
I like how it looks simple and complex at the same time, like the world inside and outside your door.
Poplar dowel rod, twisted nylon masonry twine. 12" x 12" x 6"