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Art: 70 t Granite Seed

(May 2008) The mighty block forms the centre of Cornwall county’s Eden-Project: the 70 t pure granite sculpture towers over two stories high. It resembles a mammoth pine-cone. The lost gardens harbour a core-learning-centre as well as large green-houses and convey the importance of living plants for the survival of our planet.

Peter Randall-Page invested 4 years of his life in this work of art. His odesea began with the search of a site in Cornwall able to quarry the 176 t 5m high granite megalith. After months of work, slowly an egg-shaped object emerged from the rock, it’s surface a masterpiece carefully balancing geometric lines and organic freedom in a latice of diamond-shaped hemispheres set on a grid of opposing spirals as can be seen in the heads of sunflowers and many other plants. 1800 scales were plotted in a Fibonacci-pattern. Setting up the sculpture was also a feat of engineering, as it had to be lowered into the building through the roof with just a few centimeters leeway between the top rim of the chamber and the edge of the sculpture as it decended into the centre of the space.

The snug fit can be experienced throughout the building: there is often no-more than 2,5 m between „the Seed“ and the wall surrounding it. The artist’s aim is not to make visitors claustrophobic but rather to instill the feeling of awe at the greatness of nature and to give visitors the feeling that all things in nature are interwoven. The architecture is designed to create a meditative and contemplative atmosphere and thus paves destiny’s path, ist’s aim: „to sow ideas for the 21st century and work towards a world we want to live in“.

Note that the lines running across the seed’s surface are arranged and plotted in a so-called Fibonacci-pattern as in a sunflower. Thus each seed in the pod has an optimum access to light. In nature plants assist the light-seeking process by turning toward the source of the light. That explains why all the sunflowers in a field face in one direction following the sun’s path at any given time.

The history of „the Seed“

Peter Randall-Page

Eden-Project

Sunflower fotos