Spiral Plaza by David Phillips (1992) Webb Hall

Photo by Aydan Crumrine

Phillips derived his inspiration for this design from a tiny seashell.  He capitalizes on the spiral motif and its many allusions creating art that speaks to nature, the intellect, and the merging of nature and human activity.  This natural form represents the flow of time and growth and emphasizes the ancient Greek mathematical principle of the Golden Mean (a series of proportions that were allegedly used in ancient Greek architecture).  The fluid form, placed within the context of the geometrically rigid grid of bricks composing Spiral Plaza, asks us to wrestle with the shifting role of nature in people’s lives.

Photo by Aydan Crumrine