The meaning of reflection in sculpture, Tullamore Phoenix

Ralf Sander (Photographer)

Research output: Non-textual formArtefact


This installation investigates the importance of the absence of the visible object and the meaning of reflection for sculptural installation. In the void of the reflection, the object manifests itself as a force field in which materiality becomes immaterial, the solidity of objects is negated by recessive and vanishing space, indicating the infinite. Using an optical anamorphism, the visualization of a mathematical operation called an affine transformation is used. The process of extreme anamorphosis has been used by artists to disguise images and scatological scenes, and other furtive images from a casual viewer, while revealing an un-distorted image to the knowledgeable spectator. Usually this process was used in small scale and projected on cylinders. The cone shaped object was the solution for the problem of a large scale reflection based anamorphosis that was developed in the context of this project. The sculpture has impact on artistic education and awareness of contemporary art strategies and issues. It is also supports city marketing as an icon.
Original languageEnglish
Place of Publication Republic of Ireland, Kilcruttin, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Scoil Mhuire
PublisherScoil Mhuire
Size5m x 10m x 3,5m
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 20 Sept 2017


  • sculpture, art, public art, education , anamorphosis, reflection cogniton


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