Sculpture Inspired by Connectivity in Nature

William F. Duffy
Proceedings of Bridges 2012: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2012)
Pages 125–132 Regular papers


My early work consisted of sculptures for public art cast in bronze, stainless steel and iron using the lost wax method. The subject matter in my work was primarily the human figure. My interest evolved in abstracting the human form as a structural aesthetic to engineer interconnected groups of figures to define spheres, geometric primitives, and random lyrical configurations. This transition lead to my most recent preoccupation to explore digital technologies such as CAD-CAM, rapid prototype and mathematical 3D modeling software applications to create purely mathematically generated objects that reflect the connectivity observed in nature and to reinterpret the geometry into new figurative objects that incorporate mathematical continuity.