Turning maths into art
Press release issued: 2 October 2007
A steel sculpture, based on one of the most famous objects in chaos theory, has been created by Dr Benjamin Storch, an artist who works with silver and steel.
Storch turned the maths into art and created a beautiful twisting and winding ribbon of stainless steel. His sculpture ‘Manifold’ represents a mathematical object known as the Lorenz manifold, a complicated surface that emerges from a famous model of chaotic weather systems. A few years ago, Dr Osinga made a crocheted representation of the same surface, to world-wide acclaim.
“Steel is often associated with large square buildings, but Benjamin’s sculpture seems to float on air,” says Osinga.
“We are absolutely amazed by Benjamin’s craftmanship: Manifold was literally hammered into its intricate shape from flat pieces of steel!” adds Krauskopf.
Storch’s work originates from a desire to create dynamic surfaces in metal. “I am always on the look-out for intriguing imagery in nature and physics,” he says. “My collaboration with Bernd and Hinke is a great example of mathematics and art working hand-in-hand.”
Manifold is on display for the first time as part of the ‘Element’ exhibition at Craft in the Bay in Cardiff.
The complex metal-smithing technique that Storch employs, where central surface areas are compressed and peripheral areas are stretched, was perfectly suited for creating Manifold.