## Benjamin Storch

Freelance artist

Benjamin's work originates from a desire to create dynamic surfaces
in metal. Inspired by a kinesthetic sense of motion and imagery of
dynamical systems in nature and physics, his work draws on practical
experiments, mathematical rendering and visualisation via CAD. Twisting
surfaces involve a special geometry of 'negative curvature', which is
the opposite principle to spherical form. Their creation requires a
complex metalsmithing technique, where the peripheral areas of a sheet
metal surface are stretched and the central areas are compressed. This
became the subject of a PhD research project at the School of Jewellery
in Birmingham, UK. Now living in Mid Wales near Llanbrynmair, Benjamin
continues to push the boundaries of the forming process to create work
at a scale suitable for public spaces (for examples, see
http://www.benjaminstorch.co.uk).

* “Manifold ”*

2007, Stainless steel on oak base, 750 x 750 x 450 mm (30" x 30" x 18")

Manifold is based on a complicated mathematical surface, known as the Lorenz
manifold, which has an important role in organising the chaotic dynamics of
the well-known Lorenz equations. This surface consists of all points that, under
the force field generated by the Lorenz equations, end up at the origin of the
three-dimensional phase space. This is special because all other points go to
the famous Lorenz butterfly attractor. The sculpture consists of a selected
band of the entire Lorenz manifold, one that was found to elegantly display
its complexity.