The Mathematical Concept of Tau in Sculpture

 Posted by on September 25, 2012
Sep 252012

160 Spear Street
SOMA’s Financial District

Tau by Roger Berry – Stainless Steel – 1984
96″ Diameter 14″ Deep

Each of the four intersecting cones of Tau describes the form of the solar year. The forward side is in full light in the winter the back surfaces are filled with the summer sun. The building to the south of Tau casts a shadow on the sculpture much of the day.

A prominent and highly respected northern California sculptor, Roger Berry, who has been called a “monumental master” has been commissioned to make over 30 site-specific sculptural works for municipalities and corporations from the West Coast to the United Kingdom. Berry attended Raymond College at the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California and graduated in 1972.

This piece is part of San Francisco’s 1% for Art Program.

  6 Responses to “The Mathematical Concept of Tau in Sculpture”

  1. It’s beautiful! Now you made me think of the Maya and Inca civilizations with all that shadow thing going on on the pyramids and othet structures depending on the time of the year.

  2. Visually I love it and conceptually even more!

  3. At 8 feet it’s no little thing. As JM noted, it does call to mind the early South America’s.

  4. I haven’t seen it yet.

  5. Love this sculpture. Very simple design, yet it represents something important. 🙂

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