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In my search for some inspiration for this module I ended up at Chirk Castle.  We had a lovely walk around the gardens, which are beautiful.   There are several sculptures and bronzes hidden at various points in the garden as well as hidden area’s for you to discover.  The staff are helpful and happy to talk to you about the history of the castle as well as ask any questions that you may have.  If you have the time it’s well worth a visit.

One of the entrances to the garden was flanked by two bronze statues.  Both are females and are naked, however they reason they really interested me was that one was blindfolded and the other had her hands bound behind her back.  I duly photographed them but when I went into the castle, I asked one of the guides about them.  There was an idea that they depicted the Greek Muses but they didn’t really seem to know that much about them, so undeterred by the lack of knowledge I emailed the national trust to ask if they had any further information.

I had a reply back rather quickly from a lady named Carolyn Latham.  Although she was very helpful she explained that there was not much information about them, but sent me an information sheet with what they had on.  It seemed that they were cast by a Victorian artist Luchessi.  It is suggested that two of the statues (there are four into total) are called Oblivion and Destiny.

My process when I go on these kinds of expeditions is to take photo’s of everything that catches my eye and then go through the photo’s with a more critical eye when I am home.  It was when I was editing that I came across this picture of a flower …..

This plant fascinated me!  It looked like someone had grabbed the flower and pulled the stem out, making it stretch and multiply, the symmetry on it was perfect.

I took the photo’s that I most liked into a tutorial with me and discussed them with the tutor, they suggested that I look at the Fibonacci sequence.  I’ve been doing a little bit of research on it and I’m amazed.

I vaguely remember doing the Fibonacci sequence while I was in school. I was under the impression that the sequence was ‘made up’ by one of the ancients and was amazed to find its true origins.  The truth is that it was only discovered by an Italian scholar, Leonardo of Pisa who was known as Fibonacci. He discovered that the sequence is found throughout nature, from the amount of petals on a leaf, to the measurement ratio of the bones in the human hand. It really is an interesting thing to read about.  You can find out more about the sequence here.

The number sequence is really inspiring to me so I’m going to see if I can do some experiments in the workshop to see what I can come up with.

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