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Harry Pollitt

1998    Size   H: 3.167 ft  W: 1.83 ft  

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The wood is crotch burl walnut originally part of the trunk of a tree blown down in a storm on a walnut farm in Virginia. From Greek mythology, Gaia was the Earth Mother, credited with the creation of all living things, giving rise to the notion that everything in, on and around the planet is a single living organism, all interconnected and interdependent. This piece attempts to capture two concepts – that of “chaos theory” and “excessive creationism.” Chaos theory purports that there is a certain order and rhythm in seemingly chaotic events. And that while the universe is ordered and periodic, it is also chaotic. So is this piece, called Gaia.

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