The Mobius Strip was discovered in 1858 by German mathematician and astronomer August Ferdinand Mobius. His pioneering work in Topology led to what it is known as the Mobius Transformation. The Mobius strip is a continuous loop with one surface and one edge formed by twisting the end of a long, thin rectangular strip 180 degrees and attaching the ends.

Mobius strips are found in a number of surprising applications that exploit the remarkable property they possess: one-sidedness. Giant Mobius strips have been used as conveyer belts to make them last longer (since each “side” gets the same amount of wear) and as continuous loop recording tapes to double the playing time. In the 1960’s Sandia Laboratories used Mobius strips in the design of versatile electronic resistors. Free-style skiers have christened one of the acrobatic stunts the Mobius flip. The famous artist MC Escher used mathematical themes in some of his work, including a Mobius parade of ants. It is the universal symbol for recycling.

My fifty year fascination with the Mobius; the simple original strip introduced to me in the third grade, has led me to what I continue to carve out of stone today. A T Barny Mobius still has one side and one edge but is three-dimensional and travels through itself on continuous intertwined loops.

This is my expression of non-duality; my statement of oneness, creating an interrelated continuousness. We are all connected: to each other, to the earth and to the universe around us.

In words, maybe Alexis Carrol said it best – “Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor”.


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