Humans have been using the earth’s surface as a canvas for millennia. Cave paintings in France and Australia, Neolithic burial tombs in Ireland and India, white hill figures in the green pastures of southeast England, the Nazca lines in Peru and of course the world famous Stonehenge. Australian-born artist Andrew Rogers has concerned himself with geoglyphs for the most part of his career and now thanks to Cirque de Soleil founder Guy Laliberté, Ibiza has its very own Andrew Rogers sculpture. The locals call it Ibiza Henge but its real name is Time and Space – The Speed of Light. Thirteen solid basalt rectangular columns sit on a secluded cliff top near Cala Llentia in San Jose on Ibiza’s southwest coast – neighbouring 7Pines Resort Ibiza. The expansive view across the Med lends powerful otherworldly mood to what can only be described as a mystical monument.
The messages buried within the piece are simultaneously earthly and arcane. Those with a keen mathematical eye might notice how the columns have been positioned in height and distance (as well as in weight) to form a Fibonacci sequence – a succession of numbers where the next number is found by adding the two numbers that come before it. The Fibonacci sequence has long existed; first coming into use in ancient Indian mathematics and playing a part in the structure of the Sanskrit Vedas.Over millennia, mathematicians, artists, poets, architects, philosophers, psychologists, biologists and computer nerds have employed the Fibonacci sequence, and its cousin the Golden Ratio, to ponder the structure of our world. It is maths at its most elegant. Fibonacci shows up all through the human experience and the natural world – in the way petals grow, the branching of trees, the uncurling of a fern or the arrangement of a pinecone and even in the ancestral code of the honeybee and the human X chromosome. We unknowingly encounter the Fibonacci sequence every day.The enormous columns also form an ellipse, which according to Rogers: “alludes to the trajectories of the planets moving around the sun. It is a vision of time and space and the interconnectedness of humanity.” The tallest column in the centre of the ellipse measures ten metres high and is topped with 23-carat gold to reflect the setting sun during the Winter Solstice. While a casual passer-by might fail to notice the astronomical and mathematical beauty of the sculpture, there are very few who are not moved but its ethereal beauty.
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