John Adamson- Tree Sculptor

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Tiswas - Pentagon

 
 
I believe that Tiswas is a name for the equivalent of a medieval tank trap.   They consisted of 4 spikes arranged so that which ever way you threw it on the ground, 3 spikes sat on the ground and one stood upright.    Thrown in front of cavalry they would be almost invisible to the rider but have devastating effects on the horses hooves.    They were a simple device that could be made by any local blacksmith.

I preface the above with 'I believe' as I cannot confirm it in any dictionary I possess or can find on line.    It is, however known as a Caltrop and that is in my dictionary.     However, I still prefer Tiswas as a contraction of 'It is as it was'.

All the above has some relevance to the carving as it does not have any designated base and can be placed on any of it's 4 sides.     It also does not have a front or back.    I have had a prototype of this that has been sitting on the mantle shelf for 30 years.   I look at it every day and still have not got tired of it.      The outside shape is deliberately simple and exactly the same from all 6 sides.    The inside shape is similarly standardised, BUT move the sculpture round by as little as one degree and the view through the work to the inside changes massively.     That I have not taken the idea further in all that time says something about my thought processes but I don't know what.

 Tiswas also has 1000s  of different view points

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