Sites and Monument Record: Fibonacci Spiral (SMR 1405-12)

The Fibonacci Spiral: Designed by the landscape designer Jim Buchanan and the Public Art Agency (Independent Public Art) the spiral is made of curved and embossed steel fingers that take the place of standing stones in a perfect spiral. Such spirals can be found in nature – in shells, pine cones, sunflower seed heads and so. The 12th century mathematician Fibonacci worked out the form of this spiral. The metal plates, 126 in all, were made by blacksmith Adam Booth, and one of the central ones carries his trademark fish signature. The glass tiles at the centre of the spiral were by Keiko Mukaide. The sculptural form was created by Tom Littlewood from the designs and the original retaining wall around the south side of the dairy was incorporated into the installation and forms a strand of the spiral.
Prior to its construction in 1999/2000 the area was the main entrance into the maintenance yard (NS 8972 7947). Behind the cast iron gate is still in place, flanked by substantial stone piers.

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