Immortality Robert A.Hefner III Collection Aspen, Australia ( Height 6ft 2m )
HEIGHT 6FT (2M) POLISHED BRONZE 1982
"Passing on the Torch of Life"
Soon after my mother's death, our eldest son married, and as these things go, after a while his wife was expecting a baby. My position had suddenly changed. Instead of being the middle generation, I became the older one, a grandfather. I began to think of doing a sculpture that would capture the passing on of the precious flame of existence within a family, and I needed a symbol.
Experimenting with a piece of copper tubing soon led me to a trefoil knot. Here were my three generations expressed as loops. How could I make the surface move through time and become infinite ?
The answer came to me in the form of match boxes. I purchased 100 standard type boxes, and stuck them together in threes, along their strike sides. I made a three-foot high trefoil knot out of one inch pipe, leaving a gate at the top of one of the loops, onto which I could thread the middle match box. Lo and behold! With a little twisting in the right places, a Möbius Band (looked at in the Mathematical Section) formed around the trefoil.
I believe that Immortality is made up of one's memories of the past, as well as those one leaves behind. I see this Symbolic Sculpture not only as a continuous journey through generations, but also the scroll on which all of life's experience (DNA) is recorded.