“The Lovers’ Knot (Inspired by the Trefoil Knot)” by artist E. Calder Powel is the latest addition to Sculpture Along the Way, the program of placing public art along the roadways leading up to Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton.
At 11 feet in height, it arrived the afternoon of March 18 on Klockner Ave., approximately a half mile south of the Hamilton NJ Transit Rail Station. The artwork is a vibrant yellow entangled form.
Do I know anything about the trefoil knot? No. So I looked it up on that great source of internet information, Wikipedia: In topology, a branch of mathematics, the trefoil knot is the simplest example of a nontrivial knot. The trefoil can be obtained by joining together the two loose ends of a common overhand knot, resulting in a knotted loop. As the simplest knot, the trefoil is fundamental to the study of mathematical knot theory, which has diverse applications in topology, geometry, physics, and chemistry.
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E. Calder Powel is a ceramic-based sculptor. She began her studies in mathematics before additionally taking up the study of art, concentrating in ceramics and sculpture. Her work transforms the mathemtically perfect into forms that are one-of-a-kind. Mathematical constraints serve to guide her artistic creation; by understanding essential mathematical constraints, her mind is freed to use her full artistic intuition and creativity in order to push the boundaries of the many mathematical fields and expand them into unified sculptural forms. Mathematics acts as the template that frames her personal vision, guiding her towards the inherent beauty of the purity and truth underlying the world.
Says the press release: “The trefoil knot is a knot composed of a three-dimensional ring. The design is obtained by looping a strand through the hole of a ring before joining the two ends back together. The figure can be considered ‘amphichiral,’ or left- or right-handed depending on whether the strand is place over or under the initial ring. Because of this chirality, a mirror image figure results in a different figure, making it an infinite bond whose nature cannot be copied, only viewed as the unique structure it represents.”
Sculpture Along the Way serves the community by bringing art into the purview of commuters, allowing the benefits of creative expression to be a part of daily life. Sculptor and Founder of nearby Grounds For Sculpture, J. Seward Johnson Jr., notes, “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for commuters and visitors to the area to have the vista of large scale sculpture-works heralding the way to the park. We hope that the monumental pieces will act as guideposts and invitations, ushering art viewers to Grounds For Sculpture for a multi-sensory experience”.
Grounds For Sculpture, located in Hamilton, New Jersey, midway between Philadelphia and New York, is a whimsical thirty-five acre sculpture garden and arboretum on the former site of the New Jersey State Fairgrounds. Founded by Seward Johnson to promote an understanding of and appreciation for contemporary sculpture, the park has been enchanting visitors since 1992. Grounds For Sculpture features more than 250 contemporary sculptures, and two 10,000 square foot museum galleries with rotating exhibits. In addition, the park offers workshops for children and adults, concerts, performances, fairs, shopping and fine dining at the Zagat’s-rated Rat’s Restaurant, which recently received Philadelphia Magazine’s “Most Romantic Restaurant” designation. www.groundsforsculpture.