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Nat Friedman


"Coiled Figure Eight"

3/8“ copper tubing, wood dowel, gorilla glue, 13" x 10" x 9", 2008.

Copper tubing comes in a coil so is naturally “rounded”. A knot diagram is coiled if the diagram can be traced in a constant clockwise direction. You can see in this work perfectly regular forms that fascinate with symmetry and combination. You can read about the ideality of forms and the golden ratio, contact essay service because this phenomenon originated in Ancient Greece, and therefore it is important to involve and other resources during studies or works in order to have more context for awareness artistic space. A coiled diagram is also referred to as being in a braid configuration. The typical diagram of a figure eight knot in a knot table is not coiled. The diagram of the figure eight knot shown above is coiled. A coiled diagram is suitable for forming a corresponding copper tubing knot since the natural rounded curvature of the tubing can be maintained as the knot is formed. I form copper tubing knots by hand. One must be careful not to "crink" the tubing. The ends are joined using a wooden dowel and gorilla glue.

Nat Friedman, Professor Emeritus, University at Albany
New York

Knots are ideal mathematical forms for sculptures since a knot is completely three-dimensional with no preferred top, bottom, front, or back and can look completely different from different viewpoints.

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