DISC III: gyre
With a spiralling top edge that flows down via its arced ‘fin’ to its point, ‘gyre’ leans back on a segment of the original silver disc (60° from the horizontal - the Rule applies, see below) from which it was cut.
The strong contrast of matt and polished finishes dramatically emphasise the dynamically minimal contact between the two different shapes that have, nevertheless, emanated from the same source, a single flat disc of silver - ‘will they fall, won’t they fall!?’
A sculptural piece from the studio DISC Series that resulted from a fascinating collaboration with research mathematician Frank Rhodes, exploring 2D geometry in the 3D world. See the story here: https://www.martynpugh.co.uk/news-and-events/
It’s a group of objects whose forms all begin as a single flat disk of silver with identical dimensions.
I chose to make the collection using satisfyingly thick silver that has been given a variety of finishes to emphasise the different elements of the forms. A layer of clear, archive quality lacquer obviates cleaning, making the daily display of the objects totally practical.
I have indulged my inner engineer by the positioning and proportions of the components of each piece to conform to a common Rule - they are carefully calibrated to use only measurements that are whole fractions of 360°. This imbues each piece with a natural, harmonic balance.
.Dimensions: 19cms wide x 17cms high