Octo: Wendy Taylor, 1980 location
Stainless steel, water
Outside Norfolk House and Ashton House, on the corner of Silbury Boulevard and Saxon Gate, Milton Keynes, UK
Commissioned by Milton Keynes Development Corporation and sponsored by, and donated to, Norwich Union Insurance Group
Octo was commissioned specifically for its site in Milton Keynes. Its twisting ribbon of stainless steel makes a figure of eight when viewed from one direction but changes radically as the viewer walks around the sculpture. The ribbon is based on a Möbius strip (with a double twist), a mathematical term describing a continuous surface created by twisting a long rectangular strip of stainless steel through 180º and joining the ends; the form neither has an inside nor an outside. The artist has sited the sculpture on a pool of water to emphasise its point of contact with the surface and to set up a continual play of shifting reflections as the shining sculpture reflects in the water and in the surrounding mirrored buildings. The sculpture is a memorial to Lord Llewelyn-Davis. [From MKWeb]
The name Octo comes from the Greek word for “eight”. The status is also locally know as “Eternity” I have copied the text from the site above verbatim, but I personally disagree with one point – this isn’t a Mobius strip!
[Sony a350, Sigma 10-20@10mm, f:8, 1/50, ISO-100; Two exposures created from a single RAW file using Photoshop CS3 and blended using Photomatix Pro]