Apollonius - Feathered Sculpture - Virgil A. Walker

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Pheasant, chicken and turkey   28" x 32" x 9"

Although I spent a year reading, several times, Michael Schneiderís A Beginnerís Guide to Constructing the Universe, the little I know of geometry has been mostly an accident of attention. When recently asked about his approach to the planning and structure of the teamís offense, Phoenix Sunís point guard, Stephon Marbury said, ďI just hoop.Ē And he does. As an artist, I just play. In mixing specific geometric forms on the background-to-foreground axis, I started with the egg, and chose the subsequent forms intuitively.S

Apollonius of Perga, one of the luminaries of the Golden Age of Greek Mathematics, wrote in The Treasury of Analysis, now lost, a treatise on a Ēspecial body of doctrine for those who after going through the usual elements, wish to obtain power to solve problems involving curves.Ē Donít we all. But my interest was drawn to Apollonius for his work in conics. He deduced the line that circumscribes a circle on one plane extends through the point to describe a circle in another plane.

In a conversation with a friend about the nature of consciousness, we found as a working model the use of a flashlight in the dark. It illuminates objects and topography and shows everything from here to there. We found interesting ideas about time, what was seen, and what will be seen, from this model. But when one becomes aware of the cone of light, a new direction unfolds; one that is analogous to Apolloniusí discovery of a second cone, which simultaneously reveals our inner topography as present in every moment of consciousness.


   Photo:  Mark Miskill

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