Spiral Growth

2003; stone; spiral: 4’H x 23’W x 14’D; bench: 18”H x 14’W x 3’D; Kent State University; Kent, Ohio.  Commissioned by the Ohio Arts Council.

Creating a gateway to the building entrance, this piece is sited in Riley Gardens at Cunningham Hall, home to the biological sciences.  The primary focus of the work is based on one of nature’s more dynamic forms, the spiral.  Referring to a form of growth found in nature called gnomonic expansion, the spiral is an example in which the old form is contained within the new.  A secondary component of the work, a stylized leaf, serves as a seating element within the gardens.

© Janet Lofquist