Five Discs, 2002
• indiana limestone
• 24” H x 14” W x 10” D (61cm H x 36cm W x 25cm D)
• private collection, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA
Michael Binkley carved this original abstract stone sculpture from a block of limestone quarried in the state of Indiana, USA. This particular limestone has been used for decades for architectural purposes. For example, the National Cathedral in Washington, DC is made of this stone and the Empire State Building is veneered with it. Being a sedimentary rock, the grain of this limestone has evidence of tiny shell shards and is deceptive in appearance. To the eye, it looks rough, but Binkley has carved and polished the surfaces of the disc forms to a silky smooth surface that is surprising to touch. He contrasted the surfaces of the discs with a criss-hatched chisel pattern on the rectangular structure behind them.
Binkley carved four elliptical disc forms as positive masses. In the largest disc, the sculptor then carved a negative elliptical space to create the fifth disc. The viewer’s eye is startled because it perceives four elliptical masses with shadows on their undersides, yet a fifth one that has reversed shadows.