Möbius Ship

Tim Hawkinson’s “Möbius Ship”

Echoing the working methods of ship-in-a-bottle hobbyists, Hawkinson created a painstakingly detailed model ship that twists in upon itself, presenting the viewer with a thought-provoking visual conundrum. The title is a witty play on Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick, which famously relates the tale of a ship captain’s all-consuming obsession with an elusive white whale. The ambitious and imaginative structure of Hawkinson’s sculpture offers an uncanny visual metaphor for Melville’s epic tale, which is often considered the ultimate American novel.

Sadly, despite taking it’s inspiration from Melville’s most famous work, it does not appear to include an infinite loop of tiny Ahabs.

Via The Fox Is Black

2 Responses to “Möbius Ship”

  1. ArtistByDay Says:

    There is the theory of the Moby -us, a twist in the fabric of ship- structure, where time becomes a loop, where time becomes a loop, where time becomes a loop…

  2. Lydia Burris Says:

    The Mobius Ship is currently on display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4th floor. :D I take my students there to check it out whenever I can.