Roland de Jong-Orlando
‘The Universe, the Book of Nature, is written in the language of
mathematics, and the text is made up of triangles, circles and other
figures, without whose help it would be impossible to understand so much
as a word.’
I often refer to this quote from Galileo to indicate my ideas about
geometric forms. For me, there is no strict division between these forms
and forms in nature. The one is directly related to the other.
The sculpture I made during this symposium is an example of this idea, The
title, ‘Re-Nature’, indicates that I am involved in ‘recreating’ nature,
that I give it back its geometric forms. I make visible the structure that
is already there: order on the one hand and whimsical forms on the other.
The sculpture is made from two tree trunks, each four meters long and
about 45 centimeters in diameter. I systematically divided one of the
trunks into twelve sections of the same shape, all sawn at an angle of
30˚. The pieces were then reassembled in a new way and attached to the
other trunk, forming a whole that is more than the sum of its parts. This
constructive way of thinking and working is essential to all of my
The means by which the segments are fixed together, with the threaded rod
and nuts intentionally left visible, accentuates the connections as a
reflection of the constructive process.
In all my sculptures, I find it important that the final result, despite
the systematic, orderly construction, still has something playful about
it. With ‘Re-Nature’, I think I have succeeded, partly by what seems like
an almost careless way that the sculpture is placed in the landscape.
It has turned out to be a cheerful sculpture, one that brings a smile.