"0001 Helicoid: minimal surface" (2004)

"0001 Helicoid: minimal surface," 2004
Gelatin-silver print
Image size: 58 3/4 x 47 inches
Frame size: 71 x 60 inches
Edition of 5
Courtesy the artist and The Pace Gallery, New York

"I found this form in Tokyo in a complete set of German-made cast models for the study of mathematics. It’s a very artistic sculpture, but actually it was made to show students that three-dimensional theories can be seen in three-dimensional models. It’s such an irony that mathematicians made more interesting sculpture than artists! This is the image of a mathematician’s thinking. No such thing actually exists in nature; it’s purely what the human mind comes up with- this kind of theory."

- Hiroshi Sugimoto