'Geometry of the Cosmos'
2005 - metal: steel, stainless and Cor-Ten
Wayne Trapp’s 'Geometry of the Cosmos' mesmerizes the viewer as the wind blows the circular structure round and round. Reminiscent of the phases of the moon, Trapp’s kinetic sculpture changes, yet remains constant—always returning to the beginning and starting anew. To Trapp, the beauty of the cosmos is in its chaos, and the perfection and completion of the form can be found in the geometry of his artistic creation. Furthermore, the vigorous surface texture of Trapp’s stainless steel sculpture alludes to the energy and movement of the artist. This frenzy of creative energy is rooted in Trapp’s perception of the passage of time and its relationship to his artistic process. This deep relationship is further revealed in his autobiography, "The Journey of a Sculptor", which is a collection of journal entries, photos, and drawings. Trapp writes: "In art (sculpture and architecture) the creator must go beyond the element of time. He must surpass human emotions and the effect that people and their personalities have on the created piece. Time continues. The time/use factor exists. That is the only reality. Everything changes as a result of this—everything is created reality. It all happens as a result of time just ‘being’. The inevitability of change results from time happening/passing. The effect of this passing time should be considered in every created piece. A concern for the future must then essentially be the first thought." Trapp’s inquisitive and thoughtful nature has propelled him and his career for over 40 years. He has created monumental outdoor sculptures for museums, corporations, and schools as well as smaller scale works for private collections. Ten years ago, Trapp also began to paint in order to express what he could not convey through sculpture. The creative process of painting has provided the artist with an alternative outlet for his creative energy. A prolific artist, Trapp’s desire and drive to create is reflected in his story of a fellow sculptor who stopped sculpting due to a lack of finances. His response best encapsulates who he is as an artist, “How can he consider himself an artist? It is inconceivable to me that he couldn’t find a scrap of paper and a stub of pencil.”