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Small Worlds
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Small Worlds

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The tall and slender cone appears to be built of layers of cross-shaped interlocking bricks that decrease proportionately in size as the cone narrows. Half-way up the cone the brick layers begin to fall away, emphasising the decreasing size of the component parts. The cone is both sturdy and fragile, rising to a delicate point.
Title

Small Worlds

Date

2001

Medium

Fibrocem

Measurements

H 550 x W 160 x D (?) cm

Accession number

BS1_PF_S075

Work type

Sculpture

Owner

At-Bristol

Custodian

At-Bristol

Work status

extant

Access

at all times

Inscription description

inscription on a bronze plaque set in pavement: ‘SMALL WORLDS’ / BY SIMON THOMAS / FIBRECEMENT / 2000 AD / SUPPORTED BY THE INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS / IN COMMEMORATION OF PAUL DIRAC / BRISTOL BORN PHYSICIST PAUL DIRAC (1902–1984) WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST / SCIENTISTS OF THE 20TH CENTURY. BY THE AGE OF 31 HE HAD RECEIVED / THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR PHYSICS FOR HIS WORK ON QUANTUM MECHANICS / THE THEORY THAT DESCRIBES THE WORLD AT THE LEVEL OF ATOMS / AND MOLECULES. HE ALSO PREDICTED THE EXISTENCE OF ANTI-MATTER. / SIMON THOMAS’S SCULPTURE OF CONCENTRIC CONES / CREATES A SCALED PATH THROUGH SPACE, POINTING / TOWARDS THE EVER SMALLER WORLDS / STUDIED BY DIRAC. / AT-BRISTOL

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