Sculptures from Summer 2007

by Alex J. Feingold

On this page are the sculpture projects I have completed in Summer 2007. As more are completed they will be added.

On another page I have shown the umbilic torus carved from Brazilian cocobolo wood. That piece has been purchased, but the buyer wanted me to make a base to hold and display it. I made a simple base from some of the Oregon black walnut I had left over from the kinetic sound sculptures. The piece sits in a curved groove in the base. Here are two pictures of the result.

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In Spring 2007 I made sculptures of the Borromean rings where the links were separate and moveable. Previously I had cast these as a single piece, but it was very difficult to completely polish them where they touched. I decided to undertake a major repair project, to cut the rings apart with a plasma torch, fix the damage with the TIG welder, polish them separately, then put them back together as linked but loose Borromean rings. I also tried to put a patina on them. Since two other Borromean rings sculptures I made have been sold, one bronze and one iron, I wanted to have more to meet any further demand! The results were as shown below, but the patina came out a bit dark, and could easily be redone. With the right chemicals, many other colors are possible.

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I have previously cast bronze sculptures based on a pierced torus, that is, a doughnut with additional holes punched vertically and radially, and the surface shaped to flow through and round the holes. In this sculpture I used six punctures, and shaped the surface so that a distinctive edge snakes all around the outside and inside of the torus, going through each hole twice before it comes back to its beginning, making a knot on the surface. The piece has been given a patina, but the knot is emphasized by cleaning away the patina so it shows as bright bronze color.

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I have made several sculptures based on the trefoil knot, starting with a simple bronze rod bent and welded. The next interesting knot to explore is the figure eight knot, here made in that simplest way from a bronze rod. For display, I think a small wooden base with a bronze rod curving up and over would serve well for hanging the knot. Here is a picture of just the knot itself.

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To see more types of sculpture I have tried, follow the following links:

Kinetic Sound Sculptures of Alex Feingold,
Stone and Wood Sculptures of Alex Feingold,
Bronze Metal Sculptures of Alex Feingold,
Steel and Plastic Sculptures of Alex Feingold,
Sculptures from Spring 2006,
Sculptures from Fall 2006,
Sculptures from Spring 2007,

Links back to:
Webpage of Alex Feingold,
Department of Mathematical Sciences,
Binghamton University.

This Webpage was last updated on 6/15/2007