Fractured Cube (Proclus Cube)

The Neo-Platonist philosopher Proclus put forward the view that beauty results from the imposition of Form on Matter, matter being chaotic and without meaning. This cube illustrates the proposition, presenting the perfectly formed cube with one corner opened up, or crumbled, to allow the roughness of unformed matter it contains. This image of Form, or Art, producing beauty from the unformed is a central concept in the garden.

In the English Parkland, another work on a similar theme is Inter Artes et Naturam – between Nature and Art. A pergola over intersecting paths is made from wooden struts, some simply stripped, others cleanly planed to show the transforming of raw Nature by Art.

Pink fibreglass, with one corner ‘fractured’, David Harding, 1987