Fibonacci 1202


Mario Merz ( Italian, 1925 - 2003 )

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General Description

This work refers to the Fibonacci sequence, a mathematical series of numbers originally recognized in the 13th century, in which each number is equal to the sum of the two numbers that precede it. Mario Merz employed the sequence to represent the universal principles of creation and growth, since the Fibonacci sequence is the formula for growth patterns found in many forms of life. Here the numbers of the Fibonacci sequence are shown from left to right. The neon tubes imbue the work with energy, underscoring the vital relationship between the Fibonacci sequence and the natural world. The photographs feature members of the art world, such as artists and dealers, mingling at a restaurant in Turin. The number of people depicted in each successive photograph increases according to the Fibonacci sequence.

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Fabian Leyva-Barragan, Label text, 2015.

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