Mobius: Natural Language - Kelowna, British Columbia
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N 49° 53.375 W 119° 29.612
11U E 320896 N 5529335
Quick Description: Natural Language is placed at the Kelowna’s Main Library Plaza entrance located at 1380 Ellis Street in downtown Kelowna.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 4/2/2013 1:32:41 PM
Waymark Code: WMGQXR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99
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Long Description:
The Mobius “infinity” form: Natural Language is a rotating 12-foot form made of cast stainless steel. The Mobius features letters and symbols derived from the World’s alphabets. An accompanying spiral bench completes the ensemble.

Both works were artistically accomplished by sculptors: Jennifer Macklem and Kip Jones in 1999.

The diversity of the letters and symbols used in the rotating Mobius form evokes consideration of and respect for different cultures. The inner and outer sides of the upright form “related to the internal/external nature of language – through language and text our internal thoughts, stories or ideas become part of the broader world, and they loop again back into someone’s subjective reading.”

“Our public art proposal for the Kelowna Library was inspired from ideas concerning language and the connections between nature and culture that one discovers with a library.”

Quotes are credited to Sculptors: Macklem and Jones.

Construction of these two sculptures required almost a year of artistic effort utilizing the “lost wax” method. The process consists of moulding wax into a desired shape, casting and firing it in ceramic whereby the wax is “lost”, then pouring molten stainless steel into the ceramic mould to complete the initial fabrication.
This initial casting phase is followed by laborious grinding, detailing and polishing to create the highly reflective, smooth surface.

The $35,000 commission was completed and installed in the spring of 2000 at the Library Plaza.

Möbius Strip: A noun used in Geometry
Defination: a continuous, one-sided surface formed by twisting one end of a rectangular strip through 180° about the longitudinal axis of the strip and attaching this end to the other.

Also called Möbius band.

1900 – 1905: named after A. F. Möbius

(a picture is worth a 1000 words as seen in this case...)
Title of Piece: Natural Language

Artist: Jennifer Macklem and Kip Jones

Material/Media: Stainless Steel

Date of Creation or Placement: 1999

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): Kelowna's Library Plaza

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