Bio: Charles R. Henry began his undergraduate education in Physics at the University of Pennsylvania but he soon switched to Sculpture and received his B. F. A. from the Cleveland Institute of Art and received his M. F. A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 1968, he joined the faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Sculpture Department where he is now retired as Professor Emeritus. This work relating Phi, Pi and the Great Pyramid to the human form is the result of 25 years of research into patterns formed in reflective sphere clusters.
Artist's Statement: The images in this presentation are simulations of the patterns that are created inside clusters of reflective spheres. The geometry of the close-packing structure is based on principles of Sacred Geometry. The Golden Mean and Pi are factors that determine the positions and sizes of the spheres. In 1975, I discovered a crude image of the human face and torso while photographing the patterns in clusters of Christmas tree balls. After many attempts to refine the image by physically constructing various clusters of reflective spheres for photography, I realized that the most flexible medium for this research is computer modeling. The positions and sizes of the spheres can be simulated as well as the reflection properties of the surfaces. Lights can be positioned accurately and the color, value and intensity can be established. The camera can also be positioned accurately and its optical properties established. In the computer modeled structures, most of the point lights are positioned at the points of contact and the color and brightness is changed to vary the face image.