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Aleph

21"X 18"X 11"
steel, paint
3/06
$1,800

While working on a design for a public art proposal for a library, I became intrigued with letter forms.  I decided to make this sculpture based on the form of the letter "aleph" from the ancient Semite alphabet (not to be confused with the Hebrew "aleph").  This character is a simplified outline of an ox head.  It evolved from a similar character used in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics.  The character continued to evolve through the Greek and Roman alphabets to become our modern "a".  In selecting colors, I kept in mind that the form originally represented an ox.


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