Looped SQuare


cast brass
7 x 7 x 1 inch each

I have been fascinated by the ⌘ symbol for some time. I first encountered it on the "Command" key of the Apple keyboard. I became interested in the idea of taking lots of time to make a monument to the shortcut symbol.

Upon further research, I learned that the looped square is used on road signs in Scandinavia to mark places of cultural interest. In ancient Finland, it was carved on objects to provide protection from evil spirits, and many cultures use it as a symbol for infinity. It resembles the Bowen knot, also known as the true lovers' knot. It is also similar to the West African Adinkra symbol "mpatapo" which represents pacification, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

These were created at the Kohler Co. factory during Arts/Industry, a residency program of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. They are cast in solid brass and have varying types and levels of finish.

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photo courtesy of Arts/Industry