"Gordian Knot" - 2008 - Stainless Steel, Dimensions: 8' x 8' x 8'
"Gordian Knot" was commissioned for the Center for Teaching and Learning Media at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. The Gordian Knot is a legend associated with Alexander the Great. In 333 BC, wintering at Gordian, Alexander attempted to untie the Gordian Knot. The legend claimed that whoever untangled the Gordian Knot would rule Asia. Finding no end to the knot, or a way to unbind it, he sliced it in half with his sword. Alexander went on to conquer Asia, fulfilling the prophecy.
The term "Cutting through the Gordian Knot" is today often used as a metaphor for an intractable problem, solved by a bold stroke. For people the world over, the Gordian Knot represents the difficult, the intractable and often the insolvable problem. Students are all called upon to learn and solve complicated problems. The best sometimes discover new and bold solutions. These discoveries are analogous to Alexander's cutting the Gordian Knot.