Like an exotic flower that blooms overnight, a new sculpture has recently appeared in the Woods Quad Sculpture Garden. Mobius and Borromean Rings was designed and created in steel by marketing major and studio art minor Paget Kern. Kern, who has taken sculpture courses for her art minor and makes jewelry at home, designed the work in a collaborative project with students in the departments of Math and Art and Art History. She linked two complex mathematical ideas together in a massive sculptural example. Kern explained that the design is “a triple Möbius strip tied together in a Borromean knot.”

Paget Kern, "Mobius and Borromean Rings," welded steel, now in the Woods Quad Sculpture Garden Paget Kern, "Mobius and Borromean Rings," welded steel, Woods Quad Sculpture Garden

Paget Kern, "Mobius and Borromean Rings," welded steel, now in the Woods Quad Sculpture Garden Paget Kern working on her sculpture, "Mobius and Borromean Rings," welded steel, now in the Woods Quad Sculpture Garden Paget Kern working on her sculpture, "Mobius and Borromean Rings," welded steel, now in the Woods Quad Sculpture Garden Paget Kern working on her sculpture, "Mobius and Borromean Rings," welded steel, now in the Woods Quad Sculpture Garden

Kern’s monumental sculpture joins a bouquet that includes work by nationally known sculptors, art faculty and former sculpture students.

At the center of the garden is Craig Wedderspoon, “Quilted Vessel,” 2013, cast and welded aluminum.Craig Wedderspoon, Quilted Vessel, 2013, cast and welded aluminum, in the Woods Quad Sculpture Garden

"Montgomery Marker" by Craig Wedderspoon, in the Woods Quad Sculpture Garden, UA campus“Montgomery Marker” by Craig Wedderspoon, in the Woods Quad Sculpture Garden, UA campus

Lindsay Jones Lindsey, “Fibonacci Spiral” installed in the Woods Quad Sculpture Garden, 2014.

Billy Lee, Homage to Brancusi, 1993, 138 x 28.5 x 12.5 inches; painted steel.

Joe McCreary, “Goldie 1971,” 2009, iron and steel; approx. 23 ft., in 2018, in the Woods Quad Sculpture Garden.

Lindsay Jones Lindsey, "Fibonacci Spiral" installed in the Woods Quad Sculpture Garden, 2014. Billy Lee, Homage to Brancusi, 1993, stands in Woods Quad. Joe McCreary, "Goldie 1971," 2009, iron and steel; approx. 23 ft., in 2018.

Read more about the Woods Quad Sculpture Garden and UA’s public sculpture.

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