Triple Helix: Installation by Reuben Margolin
An installation made out of 1027 hexagonal wood blocks, a welded steel frame, three aluminum helices and a polycarbonate matrix with 9280 pulleys that replicates the confluence of three wave patterns. The installation is completely silent and is only powered by three 40 Watt electric motors.
For years now, whenever my mind was free to drift, I've invariably found myself trying to imagine the confluence of three waves. I had a feeling the forms created would be beautiful, and somehow true to this world. But the design proved wonderfully elusive, and the mental pursuit took me down all sorts of paths, most lined with extraordinary numbers of pulleys. Two years ago a breakthrough led to some real progress (if you can call progress a month of hammering in 10,000 dowel pins). I put it aside when I got busy with commissions, and then picked it back up in November 2012 for a focused eight-month effort. It was fantastic to work on, with significant challenges almost every day, right up to the very end. My delight in how well it turned out is tempered by a sense of loss: this sculpture has been like a keel to me for a long time.