Max Bill, “Endless Ribbon” (1953)
A student of Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and Oscar Schlemmer at the Bauhaus in Dessau during late 20’s, Max Bill attempted with several of his designs to make comments on mathematical forms. His granite “Endless Ribbon” represents a Mobius strip, a mathematical surface with only one side and only one boundary component. A simple model is produced by twisting once and joining the ends of a strip of paper. Mobius strips possess several curious properties. For example, cutting it along a third of the way from its edge, two separate strips are created: one is a copy of the original, only one third of the width, while the other is a strip with two full twists, one third of the width and twice the length of the original.