The Philip Trust Collection (Private), England



"The Unknown"

Having discovered with ETERNITY and DEPENDENT BEINGS the magic of what could be done with a circle and a tile that had a hole in the middle, I had to experiment with curved surfaces. What would happen if I used the club design of a three leaf clover ?

When the sculpture started to take form I found that from this combination appeared a beautiful endless triple rope. I named the sculpture GORDIAN KNOT, after the puzzle posed to Alexander the Great, which he solved by cutting the knot with his sword ! Following the strand by eye is certainly confusing, so I can understand his resorting to cutting it.

This sculpture is considered in Fibre Bundles and Torus Knots by Ronnie Brown. There is also a rotating computer generated version.

©Mathematics and Knots/Edition Limitee 1996
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