JONATHAN WHITFILL- Outdoor Sculpture for the Art 3D Annex

jonathan_whitfill04Art alumnus Jonathan Whitfill (MFA Sculpture in 2006) was selected by the Texas Tech University System Public Art Program to construct and install an outdoor sculpture in front of the Art 3D Annex. The piece is welded metal with a powder coating finish that stands approximately 17 feet tall. The piece was inaugurated earlier this fall.

The work is a formal exploration of spherical forms made from multiple circular modules.  Whitfill titled the piece Syntaxis Mathematica, an homage to Ptolemy’s epic text which inaccurately described all heavenly motion as perfectly circular.  In trying to force the orbits of the planets into a perfect shape, the circle – astronomers for hundreds of years inaccurately adhered to the notion that all celestial bodies moved in perfectly circular paths.  Ptolemy elbowed in any refutations in a complicated system to keep this circular shape and his pristine motion. Whitfill’s appreciation of this dedication to the circular form is evident.

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