Pip Horne Studio

Earth Spiral

The sculpture tower is made of a single leaf of terracotta bricks with a hollow centre. Each course of bricks rotates by 4.5 degrees and rises to complete a full revolution within its overall height. There is no mortar joint between bricks and brick courses.

The column creates visual movement transforming its dual nature of earth and weight into air and lightness.

The site at the far end of Claraplatz is a busy urban centre and transport terminus. Of particular interest is the column as seen by the typical tram passenger gliding by and witnessing its changing form and vertical energy.


Basel, Switzerland 2000
collaboration with Shirazeh Houshiary