When i began doing Mobius Band concept sculptures in the summer of 2008, i had no idea that '09 would bring me my first "Blue Ribbon"... but it sure did!
The photo above was taken at the 34th Annual, (2011) "Ventures in Creativity Show" put on by the "Fort Wayne Artists Guild", (of which i am a member) and held in the "Jeffery R. Krull Gallery" at the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana. i was awarded "First Place" in Sculpture that year also...
"Touching The Impossible"
"Touching the Impossible": A reference that i hope will help others begin to grasp the thought: "If the Mobius Band/Strip (a marvelous math concept which prior to *Augustus Mobius' mental gymnastics, had never been thought before) can find its way into our reality, how many other encouraging, helpful and uplifting thoughts may be waiting in line for their opportunity?"
As far as i know of, at this time, (and i will gladly, publicly admit my error if informed otherwise) a "Mobius Band Concept Sculpture" is the only optical illusion which one can hold in their hands. They always 'appear' to have 2 or more 'sides' and 'edges' but in fact have a single surface, and a single continuous edge. The best 'tangible' example i can think of for the phrase "...without beginning and without end..."
*Please see the Clifford Pickover book "The Mobius Strip: Dr. Augustus Mobius's Marvelous Band..." for a deeper view into its many possibilities.
Over forty years ago i became interested in the “Mobius Band/ Strip”. Two and a half years ago i became fascinated by it. From the moment that i finished my first Mobius Band concept sculpture i knew that i had found something very 'Special'. Now i have finished over two hundred thirty of them, and keep having new ideas i want to try; so i guess it's not time for me to stop yet.
In one way, from a certain odd point of view, (give me some space here, ok?) the 3-dimensional world (length, breadth and height) we currently inhabit, has no room for objects that have a single surface, and a single continuous edge. To me, the Mobius Band is the strongest palpable indication, in the 'natural' world, of the possibilty of an alternate reality i have ever known. i really enjoy that thought.
On the Spiritual side of life, i find myself fascinated with the Mysteries that can be found, (by those who "will not be denied") and experienced. The way a Mobius Band concept sculpture is most often presented, gives the veiwer the impression that they are handling or looking at an object that has two or three distinct sides and edges. Other than an actual "lie", it would be hard for anything to be further from the Truth. This is not the only place in Life where one meets something that appears to be 'two' or 'three', but proves to be in reality, incredibly, inescapably, "One". "...Without beginning and without end... " What more could a "Symbolist" ask for?
Curtis Delk Rose
i say "we" because i do have some help from time to time, and i don't want to take all of the credit for myself. i am responsible for each design and sculpture that is done, (one friend does some work for me, but not in shaping the sculpture) but i am not always responsible for the initial thought. Different friends have suggested certain shapes that had not yet crossed my mind, and others have suggested titles that were better or more interesting than what i had come up with... Like the guitar shape suggested by a Florida friend.
"Aubrey" mentioned in a phone conversation that she thought a certain piece looked like the body of a guitar. It wasn't long before this appeared...
And then there is the "Speak No evil" series, suggested by a Friend in Tennessee. When i created the first piece in this design i called it "Rise Up", but
"Sheryl" emailed me that she thought it resembled an open mouth, and that i should call it "Speak No Evil"... i really liked her thought and insight, (she is rather 'artsy' herself) and all of the subsequent similar pieces are now part of the "SNe" or "Speak No evil" series.
Always carved from the trunk or a branch of a tree, trying to maintain as much of the original diameter of the branch/trunk as i can. i did change her upper case "E" in "Evil" to lower case to follow my personal belief that some words are not worthy of upper casing.
i am very happy to accept commissions that i believe i can do. There are some things i can not do, and perhaps some that i simply cannot do 'yet'; so when i come across one of them i try to not rush on in. "M-5",
my First Commission, "Wedding Ring II"
(commissioned by my TN Friend and first 'benefactor' Angela Wilson as her wedding gift to her son) i have never looked back. i think i have found my life's "Labor of Love".
M-57 & M-58, "Labor of Love" came into existance after a rather astute observer said that
M-10 looked as if it was pregnant with M-11 "...
i thought about that comment a bit, and suddenly M-57 & M-58 popped into my brain!
i can not imagine finding anything more fun and fulfilling to do. And i do not think that is because i lack imagination.....
Another insightful designer/inventor friend,
"Bill" thought my "Little Mobies" could be better named "Elf Mobies" and suddenly they were! None are larger than 6 inches on a single side, most are an inch in thickness or a bit less.
i'd love to hear from anyone interested in the Mobius concept. Please feel free to call or email:
Curtis Delk Rose
via U. S. Postal Service:
TOUCHING THE IMPOSSIBLE
Decatur, Indiana 46733