The Philip Trust Collection (Private)



"Forming Union"

LOVE KNOT was one of the earliest of my Symbolic Sculptures.

I had done a figurative sculpture of an embracing couple, entitled 'AWAKENING', in which I had tried to capture the first moments of the tender love of youth. I wanted to try and do the same thing with a Symbol.

I cut the section of the sculpture from a hollow cone, cast two and then mounted them to face each other. I see the image not only as a tender kiss, but as the arms of the lovers forming a knot that will tie them together for life, as a couple, the foundation of a family.

I have found that when I cut a shape from a geometric body like a cone, an ovoid, or a sphere, the balance of the whole form is carried into the section.

AWAKENING, Newman Collection, Seattle, USA

©Mathematics and Knots/Edition Limitee 1996
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