The Infinite Loop sculptures use forms with infinite surfaces to expand our concepts of processes usually viewed as linear. Turning the classic 2-part hourglass form inside-out could embody cyclical Time. Making the DNA double helix into an infinite form addresses the cyclical and reflexive nature of Life.
Throughout history, the spiral has always been one of the most fundamental and symbolically essential shapes in science, art, and philosophy. In recent studies of complex phenomena, scientists have discovered that the spiral is even more prevalent and meaningful than previously thought. In measuring and mapping with computers, the profoundly complex and sensitive interactions within and between dynamic systems, researchers have found varied yet similar patterns and rhythms across all orders of magnitude and between organic and inorganic systems. In one sense scientists have proven what artists and philosophers have known all along- that all things in existence are bound together, and that through their coevolution and parallel evolutions produce meaningful rhythms and patterns that are sometimes easy to observe yet difficult to quantify.
These sculptures contain spirals, each formed with different units and different interactions. They are also inspired by fractals, shapes that repeat themselves in ever-decreasing size. They are not illustrations of any specific phenomena but, instead, grow in the same reflexive manner as real-life forms and systems.
About Craig Schaffer
American, b. 1949, based in Washington, D.C. and Pietrasanta, Italy