Expanding Galaxy is part of “a series based on fractal forms – the shapes created by the ongoing processes of Life, such as the branching of plants to catch the sunlight, the convoluted unfurling of clouds, the formation and fracturing of mountains from the forces within the earth, the jaggedness of the coastline as it interacts with the sea . . . Because of the non-linear, reflexive nature of real life, these processes tend to follow spiral paths. My sculptures all contain spirals that, instead of illustrating any specific phenomenon, grow in the same reflexive manner as real complex systems.”

Craig Schaffer was born in 1949. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently maintains studios in Washington, D.C., and Pietrasanta, Italy. He has shown his work in juried shows around the United States and abroad. Public commissions include work for the Institute for Advanced Study, the Mathematical Association of America, Washington, D.C.; Brown Tower Mathematics Building at The Ohio State University, Columbus; Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Memphis, Tennessee; the Hualien Cultural Center in Taiwan, the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Community Center of Greater in Columbus, Ohio; and The Robins Center for Philanthropy, also in Columbus.


  • Title: Expanding Galaxy
  • Creator: Craig Schaffer
  • Physical Location: U.S. Embassy Bern
  • Location Created: Washington, D.C.
  • Physical Dimensions: 78.7 x 61 x 43.2 cm
  • Provenance: Courtesy of the artist and Artist’s Proof Gallery
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: U.S. Embassy Bern
  • Medium: Steel

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