Up Draft

Sculpted mobius ribbon

It took me over a year to figure out the “architecture” for this dream-delivered, fully defined, sculpted mobius ribbon.

Up Draft, sculpture in wood by Harry Pollitt looking very much like a pile of ribbons being blown upward by a draft of air.
Up Draft, a sculpted mobius ribbon in wood that looks like it is fabric ribbon being blown upward.

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Up Draft | 2′-0″h x 1’-2″w | Swiss Alpine Linde (Basswood) | SOLD
Dreams are an important aspect of my art. When an element of one of my pieces presents me with difficulty, I leave it alone for a while and inevitably some form of solution comes to me in dream state. Many times, I see shapes flashing on the screen of my subconscious like a slide show.

Occasionally a vivid dream encompasses full, definable objects. One night I dreamed about a

pile of ribbon being lifted vertically by hot air. It was a fluid movement like lava being shot up from a volcano.

The dream ended. There was an instantaneous flashback, a single moment in which the object became a frozen picture. And then a name appeared – Up Draft.

Creating Up Draft

As I said earlier, it took me over a year to figure out the “architecture” for Up Draft. While I sculpted other pieces, my left brain worked on how to make this dream-state-waif hold herself together, how to make something that looked and felt ethereal remain structurally sound.

Once I mentally solved the substance of it, I set about capturing it.

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I laminated 11 pieces of 1 ¾” thick linde wood into a solid mass in order to sculpt Up Draft because, at the time, my wood supply was restricted by what came “stock” from the sawmill.

My wife, Gaye, and I were living in Switzerland and I was without access to my “wood pantry” here in the States. Because of the number of visible lamination “joints,” many people argued (forcefully) that I created Up Draft by bending and joining the pieces of wood, not sculpting it from a solid block. I assure you, the process entailed absolutely no steaming or bending.

There’s something extra.

Down Force

Down Force

Up Draft

Up Draft

Up Draft is a mobius band 32’-0″ long. What’s that you ask? Read my own description of what mathematicians describe as “a non-orientable two-dimensional surface with only one side when embedded in three-dimensional Euclidean space.” Right!!! Down Force is also a mobius.

Other Collected Wood Sculptures

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  • Morph XII
  • Morph XI
  • Morph X
  • Morph IX
  • Trapeze
  • Morph VIII
  • Morph V
  • Morph IV
  • Morph III
  • First Born
  • Morph
  • New Wave
  • Down Force
  • Gabriella
  • Pompeii and Raven's Peace
  • Pagoda
  • Up Draft
  • The Phoenix
  • Laughing Waters
  • Wind Drift
  • Desert Bloom
  • Splash Dance
  • Wind Swept
  • Escher Tide
  • Cliff Dwelling
  • Rhapsody
  • Nature's Ceremony
  • Torch Light
  • Brain Scan (Self Portrait)
  • Confluence
  • The Tortoise
  • Sea Ray
  • Breaching Dolphin

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