The first in the “Ouroboros” sculpture series  Ouroboros 4.1.1 was debuted at the recent Nirox Words Festival, curated by Willem Boshoff, at Nirox Sculpture Park, Johannesburg. For more info visit www.niroxwords.com.

“Ouroboros” are a series of free-standing sculptures that represent an unbroken, seamless line twisting in space. The series represents the interface between art, advanced 3D technologies and material innovation. The form of the sculpture evokes the “Ouroboros”, an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail.

Famously, in the late 19th Century the German organic chemist August Kekulé had a dream of a snake biting its tail. He described this as the eureka moment when, after decades dedicated to working out the structure of hydrocarbons, the shape of the snake biting its tail in a dream provided a crucial clue to deciphering the molecular structure of benzine. Benzine has a C6 structure, one closely linked to the C4 molecular structure of carbon fibre, the material in which these sculptures are made.

Carbon fibre is an embodiment of the great advances in material technology to which the last decades have been subject. Raw carbon fibre is combined with a plastic resin to form carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer composite. Once cured it is eleven times stronger than steel.

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