Tai-Chi sits in the basement of the Villa Otto and is again made from forged steel with a bronze patina. Here, Massimo has created a toroidal object (derived from the concept of two intersecting circles which implies a sphere, together with toroidal conductors and their circular-shaped magnetic core), being a mathematical formula realised in three-dimensions. However, it is also a spherical representation of the yin-yang principle ─ the principle of balance ─ in this case the balance between nature and mathematics. As with Infinity and Lotus, there is a clear relationship between the architecture of the house and the work of art, since the house itself is in the form of a number eight (otto meaning eight in Italian), a continuous form and a propitious number in Chinese culture. Hence, the external form of Otto, the landscaping, its interior spaces and the art works all form an integrated whole. This multi-dimensional experience begins on approach to the house, to be continued once inside.
This sculpture is in the basement at the Villa Otto and is a spherical representation of the yingyang principle of balance, represented here by a balance between mathematics and nature.
17 Jervois Hill
Stainless Steel with colour coating
Dia 1.5 m