Posted: Friday Nov 22, 2013
Nov. 22, 2013
A glass and stainless steel sculpture titled Fibonacci in Moto by professional sculptor Guy Bellaver of St. Charles, Ill., a 1972 graduate of Saint Vincent College, was recently installed in the atrium of the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion.
Fibonacci in Moto, Italian for Fibonacci in Motion, is a multi-hexagon-shaped sculpture comprised of polished stainless steel rectangular tubing, inlaid with colored glass pieces which represent Fibonacci spirals. The interior hexagons rotate on shafts within the tubing with manual manipulation.
The sculpture was commissioned by the college following an exhibition he mounted there, The Creative Thread, From Fibonacci to Fermi. “I have always been fascinated by the relationship of positive and negative space, the energy of their interaction and my art,” Bellaver commented. “In fact, the relationship of art to the STEM disciplines has informed my artwork since my first, extremely geometric stone sculptures. I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to develop this sculpture for Saint Vincent.”
“The sculpture is about light and motion, kinetic and potential energy, and the energy of color,” Bellaver commented. “The colors of the glass pieces represent elements present in the college and the new science pavilion. The blue represents the basic color of the Saint Vincent shield, the leaf green represents the center’s focus on the environment and the orange speaks to the interior and exterior building blocks of brick, warm woods and design.”
“The stainless steel rod forms six hexagons and each of the five interior levels of the stainless steel rod can be turned to form many other views, representing the growth of the college as exemplified by the new Science Pavilion,” Bellaver continued. “The medium of Fibonacci in Moto’s architecture – stainless steel tubing – as formed into the hexagons that comprise the sculpture, can move if propelled by hand or perhaps by nature. Each represents the physics of potential and kinetic energy – energy possessed due to motion. The basic medium of the piece – stainless steel – exemplifies the strength of the Benedictine and the college communities.”
Fibonacci in Moto is the first in a series of kinetic sculptures which Bellaver is planning.
Bellaver is a sculptor whose works span many media including stone, wood, metal and mixed media. His monumental works include major public art and liturgical projects in Geneva, Elgin and St. Charles, Ill., Latrobe, Pa. and Boston, Mass. His work is also in private collections around the country. He has worked full time as a sculptor since 1975.
After his discharge from the U.S. Army, Bellaver earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Saint Vincent College. He has taken masters credit classes in art at Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh and the School of the Art Institute in
Bellaver’s entire portfolio can be viewed on his website, www.bellaverstudios.com.
A native of Mt. Lebanon, he and his wife, Elizabeth, live in St. Charles, Ill. They have three grown children.
Photo: SVC graduate and sculptor Guy Bellaver with Fibonacci in Moto in the atrium of the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion at Saint Vincent College.
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