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Anyone who had a Spirograph toy growing up will remember the joy of watching the geometric shapes form on the paper after every orbit of the spinning plastic gears. Henry Jackson-Spieker’s work offers a similar sense of pleasing geometry.
The Seattle artist creates installations out of wood, glass, cast metal and paracord (nylon rope used for outdoor sports, survival kits and military applications). Some look like elaborate basketball nets, others like scientific depictions of a wormhole. Jackson-Spieker calls them “tension sculptures,” but in essence, the pieces don’t stray too far from one of his childhood fascinations.