Mario Merz
Fibonacci Tables 1974–6

Artwork details

Artist
Mario Merz 1925–2003
Title
Fibonacci Tables
Date 1974–6
Medium Charcoal, acrylic paint, metallic paint and neon on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2667 x 3822 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1983
Reference
T03673
Not on display

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Merz was fascinated by the number series named after the medieval Italian mathematician Fibonacci. This system (originally applied to the understanding of reproduction in rabbits) extends infinitely so can be seen to correspond to proliferation in nature. The numbers increase by the addition of each preceding pair, for example, 1+1=2+1=3+2=5. Here images of increasingly large tables are linked in a spiral, neon numbers on each following the Fibonacci system, with glasses drawn on each table corresponding to these numbers, suggesting an infinitely increasing number of diners.

January 2016

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