At first, I have thought that this magic angle sculpture is just an abstract wooden carving. I was surprised to see in the video how this wooden piece can actually create different images in form of a shadow. I find Riddle of the Sphinx wonderful and such magic angle sculpture was a clever concept by John.
About Riddle of the Sphinx, Magic Angle Sculpture
This Riddle of the Sphinx, magic angle sculpture by John was made of mahogany, stainless steel, acrylic and wax finish. This interesting piece measures about 4” x 4” x 4” 8.5″ x 8.5″ base. It can create different shadow sculptures when the piece is lit from above and rotated at 54.74º angle. In every 120º of rotation, the amorphous shadows develop into independent forms. The Riddle of the Sphinx piece needs to be pierced with a rod and mountain base. This masterpiece of John is trying to show that the individual’s interpretation of nature often depends upon perspective substances.
About the Artist
John V. Muntean has a Ph.D. in Chemistry and he studied at the University of Chicago. John’s thesis in 1990 about Quantitative Aspects of Solid-State Carbon-13 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy has resulted to the creation of the Magic Angle Sculptures. He has been a research scientist for the Department of Energy and private industry and also taught Organic Chemistry. He is now working as a spectroscopist at Argonne National Laboratory.
Thank you very much Joh V. Muntean for allowing us to post and share your Riddle of the Sphinx. If you wish to know more about his magic angle sculpture, you can go and visit his website.