Spiral Bridge at the University of Hertfordshire.
Winner of the Birch Engineering and University of Hertfordshire Sculpture Prize 2009.
Throughout nature there are shapes that re-occur that flow though the fabric of the earth and are woven in to the movement of the planet. This spiralling form can be found in the movement of water in the ocean, in the weather charts of storms and in the layers of the earth’s stratus. This shape is found were differing heat and pressure meet each other and cause movement, while one pushes up the other is pushed down to fill in the gap. This shape seams fitting given that the sculpture is to form a bride in between spaces, that of the new forum building at the and that of the old woodland.
The form is abstract; it has no obvious narrative and leaves the viewer open to interpret it as they wish. Due to the variety of ages and backgrounds of people who visit the university there is no archetypal student, there for the interpretation of this form will be as varied as the people who see it. Its relationship to the surrounding will also change depending on the time of day you view it. By taking inspiration from nature I have avoided using cultural references, hence making the peace timeless and enhancing the longevity of the aesthetic.