T03109 PORTRAIT OF INFINITY 1976
Bronze, 2 3/4 × 29 1/2 × 2 5/8 (7 × 74.9 × 6.6)
Presented by Jean Pierre Cottier 1980
Prov: Jean Pierre Cottier, Lausanne (purchased from the artist)
The artist states that ‘Portrait of Infinity’ was cast in an edition of four. This bronze is no.2 and is the only one in a public collection; the other three all belong to friends.
He made it first in plastic (cast from an actual ruler), which he was able to heat and make pliable, then made a mould of the plastic and from this the bronze. Though the figures were marked on the plastic, they only appeared as vague impressions on the bronze and he had to reinforce them afterwards with a metal stamper.
There are several other works with knots, including a pencil, a horseshoe and a fencing sword. All the ideas for knots date from 1962 or 1963. The ruler was planned in 1963 but he had no opportunity to make it then as the plastics industry was insufficiently developed…