Henry Saxe

With Reference to Pythagoras

1974
The Greek geometrician Pythagoras, in declaring that "all is number", suggested the existence of numerical relationships in a wide range of intellectual, scientific, and artistic enquiry. "With Reference to Pythagoras" is one of a group of works entitled "Instrument Series". Starting with the right angle of the carpenter's square (a measuring instrument used in building), Saxe interprets the familiar triangle of Pythagoras' theorem through elements of structure, material, and space.
Artist
Title
With Reference to Pythagoras
Date
1974
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
wood and steel with paint
Dimensions
243.8 x 141.6 x 442 cm installed
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1975
Accession number
18483.1