Richard Hassell

Musica Aperiodica I Limited Edition of 12

Musica universalis (literally universal music), also called Music of the spheres or Harmony of the Spheres, is an ancient philosophical concept that regards proportions in the movements of celestial bodies—the Sun, Moon, and planets—as a form of musica (the Medieval Latin term for music). This “music” is not usually thought to be literally audible, but a harmonic, mathematical or religious concept. The idea continued to appeal to thinkers about music until the end of the Renaissance, influencing scholars of many kinds, including humanists.

These works are based on aperiodic tilings, and use interlocked rings to create a chain mail mesh. The circles are based around intersections of the tiling. At major intersections, small polyhedra based on the drawings of Johannes Kepler and Jamnitzer are floating, like stars being seen through a mesh curtain. These recall the ancient Greek drawings of constellations by linking the major stars.

This design is a Penrose Tiling. Unlike most presentations of the tiling, this motif gives it a calm and peaceful nature. The polyhedra here are placed at the 5-fold intersetions. The figure is intriguingly ordered but difficult to grasp, it is very evenly dense, but not uniformly distributed.

  • Conservation Pigment Ink print on Bamboo Awagami Washi paper
  • 118 x 84 cm
    (46.46 x 33.07 in)
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