Don't Disturb My Circles
Digital Art - Digital
This work is created in honor of Archimedes, the most important mathematician of the Antique and surely one of the great scientists of all time. He was born, lived and died (287 – 212 BC) in Syracuse, , the large ancient greek colony on Sicily.
He invented genuine machines of all kind and became known for many important achievements in geometry, optical physics, mechanics and hydraulics. Among other things, he invented the worm-screw, also known as the Archimedes' screw, a machine for pumping water (there is a schematic reference on the composition).
Three famous quotes are attributed to Archimedes: the first is his triumphal exclamation “Eureka!” in the moment when he discovered the principle of hydrodynamic lift while taking a bath. The second remark “give a place to stand and I will move the whole earth” was suggesting the infinite possibilities of the lever. The third, are his famous last words “don't disturb my circles” uttered before he was killed by a roman soldier.
According to tradition, the greek scientist was emerged in a geometrical problem when the city of Syracuse was conquered by the Romans. He was so concentrated on his problem that he didn't realized the atrocities that were taking place around him.
Because of this quote, Archimedes is fatally connected with the circle that has been, indeed, one of his favorite geometrical forms. He defined many crucial theorems on the cyclical form and discovered “π”. One of the most important shapes he discovered is called “arbelos” and defines the region of a plane bounded by three semicircles as it is depicted on the lower part of my composition.
On the upper left part of the composition, the shape that is formed by two equal cutting circles that are placed inside a larger third one, is largely known as the early christian symbol called “vesica piscis”. In his dissertation “On measuring the circle”, Archimedes explains in great extend this geometrical form. The pythagoreans considered it to be of mystical power and energy, a symbol of female fecundity and an ideal geometric construction with absolute harmonious analogies.
In order to verify the notion of well placed harmonies from the cyclic forms of the composition but also in order complete the symbolism of Archimedes' productive genius, I added the bust of the archaic Kore. Yet, this female form, originated from the 6th century BC, stands closer to the mystics of harmony, the pythagoreans, than to Archimedes.
Nevertheless, the beauty of the Kore survived time due to the symmetry of her characteristics and the harmony of her proportion and the same applies on Archimedes' symbolic work that contains the same characteristics.
May 6th, 2013
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