ACCELERATION / ghungroos, fabric, wood and steel / 2 x 117 in / 2017

The work FIVE ELEMENTS is inspired by the
mathematical three-dimensional forms of the
Platonic solids, named after the ancient Greek
philosopher Plato, who designed them around 350
A.D. to represent the atomic pattern of the five
classical elements: earth, water, fire, air and ether.
The mathematical symmetry of these solids which
are composed of congruent regular convex
polygons with identical faces meeting at a vertex,
led Plato to theorize in his dialogue ‘Timaeus’that
these solids were the building blocks of nature or
life itself. To the five solids composed including
tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, or
icosahedron, he attributed the atomic patterns of
the elements fire, earth, air, water and ether or
cosmos respectively. Through this depiction, Plato
presented an account of the formation of the
universe and believed it to be “the handiwork of a
divine Craftsman… who, imitating an unchanging
and eternal model, imposes mathematical order on
a preexistent chaos to generate the ordered
universe (kosmos).” Impressed with these
geometric shapes which lie at the cross-section of
science and spirituality, Galhotra tried to revisit the
formlessness of these elements which give form to
everything that exists.