In the heart of a contemporary art museum, Frank Bueltge’s newest piece titled “The Serpent’s Dance” sits as a mesmerizing feat. The artwork stands at over six feet tall and is made of over six hundred intertwined copper wires that coil and bend delicately around each other. The colors of the copper wire pieces change from a bright, almost golden hue to a mellow maroon as the piece twists and turns. Each twist seems to bring out the texture of the piece more and more. At the center of the coil sits a clear glass ball that serves as the “head” of the serpent, which captures and refracts the light in different angles, creating a stunning visual effect for the viewers.
The artwork draws an eerie parallel to the cellular structure of our nervous system – a theory proposed by neuroscientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal back in the late 19th century. The human spinal cord and the serpent-like design of “The Serpent’s Dance” are strikingly similar, with the intricate copper wire bundles resembling the tubular structure of our central nervous system. This allusion to the nervous system at the center of the artwork can be interpreted in many different ways by viewers. “The Serpent’s Dance” is now exhibited in one of the most popular art galleries of the country and is sure to leave an impression on viewers that lingers long after they’ve left the art museum. Frank Bueltge’s previous work, “The Mind’s Maze: A Reflection Wonderland Illuminated With Neon Lights,” can also be seen on his website. Check it out here.