With a title and form that wittily plays on the puzzling and unending surface of a Möbius strip, artist Tim Hawkinson has created a bizarrely continuous model in the likeness of ship-in-bottle hobbyists. His hanging sculpture takes it’s inspiration from the story of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, interpreting Captain Ahab’s consuming passion of chasing the illusive white whale by creating a ship that chases itself in an impossible loop.
Hawkinson has made a name for himself by taking everyday materials and using them in unusual ways, creating works that address larger issues of history, human consciousness, nature and technology. For this intricate piece he used a host of found objects and household materials, from staples and twist ties to craft wood and packing material. The result transforms the mundane nature of the mediums, creating a captivating and awe inspiring sculpture far greater than its material roots.