First conceived as the graph of a cubic equation in three variables
known as a "monkey saddle" (every monkey needs a place for his
tail!), this work took on additional meaning when it was made. The three
fold symmetry is quite fundamental. I discuss the mathematical notion
of symmetry in my
lecture notes for my math and art course at the University of Miami.
Although the graph of this function extends infinitely, we focus our attention
near the origin and crop out the rest; in doing so, we create an interesting
suggestive visual display. The effect of this upon the viewer is similar
to the effect of Duchamp's typewriter.