This is Loopy. Painted aluminum, it is almost 6 feet in diameter
and stands 8 feet tall on the steel base.
Loopy is constructed of 30 loops, each 10 feel long if unrolled, which
are woven through each other and bolted together. The five colors are
carefully arranged so that
It is shown above at the 1999 Mather Hospital Annual Outdoor Sculpture Show,
Port Jefferson, NY.
- each loop crosses one loop of the other four colors,
- each color appears once around each 5-sided opening, and
- the ends of each loop approach the ends of two other loops
of the same color.
For this piece, I began with a colored pencil sketch. Above
is my first concept-drawing for the sculpture. I then made a paper model (below,
left) so I could see it from different angles. (It got a bit squished
before I got around to taking this picture.) Finally, I made a 13"metal
model (below, right) so I could practice the interweaving and bolting sequence
on a small scale. The final design doesn't differ much from the original
sketch. The main difference is that I made the strips slightly wider
to give it a little more body.
copyright 1999, George W. Hart