"Cyclic Fortune: A fluid Sonnet on the Endless Repetition of Economic Crises”.
Farmer Samuel Benner found his finances obliterated by the 1873 panic and a hog cholera epidemic. Forced into retirement, Benner decided to figure out what caused the economy to experience such drastic depressions, in the hopes that he would be able to predict them.
After careful study, he published In 1875, a book on fluctuations in the economy called "Benner's Prophecies of Future Ups and Downs in Prices," which made astonishing accurate forecasts on commodity prices for the period between 1876 to 2059.
For most of the 20th century, Benner successfully predicted major downturns and crises. While Benner himself felt that his cycles were divinely inspired, of particular interest to market theorists and Elliot Wave followers is the relationship of Benner’s cycles to Fibonacci numbers and the Krondatieff cycle.
The series of sculptures titled "Cyclic Fortune: A fluid Sonnet on the Endless Repetition of Economic Crises” is a commentary on the complexities and fragilities of our modern economy. Each sculpture represents a pile of coins made of transparent material, forming abstract figures in space. These sculptures are a visual metaphor for the volatility and cyclical perpetuation of events and crises that have shaped our economic history.
As the viewer moves around each sculpture, the transparent crystal coins catch the light, creating a mesmerizing effect. These sculptures are not only visually striking but also deeply symbolic, reminding us of the delicate balance between value and exchange, and the importance of imagination and creativity in sustaining a healthy economy.
Some of the sculptures are deliberately placed on mounds of earth, grounding them in reality and reminding us of the importance of keeping our feet on the ground. Like poems written in the air with the use of water, these sculptures are a reminder of the urgent need for us to embrace a more sustainable and equitable future.