Process Drawing : Ongoing π

  • "π (Pi): Process Drawing"
    65" * 75"

    Brief Introduction:
    A drawing I made for the drawing studio assignment: process drawing.  Taking this ongoing process of discovering unlimited digits of π (pi), I created this piece with hand stamping the digits. 

    The letters are the ancient Chinese words representing each number from 0-9.  The reason for the choice of using ancient Chinese characters is because: 
    1. In the history of π discovery, our Chinese ancestor, Zu Chongzhi, paid a great contribution.  Therefore, one purpose is to commemorate his contribution.
    2. This ancient Chinese character system is still used nowadays when it comes to filling paychecks or official monetary files.  Originally, it was designed to prevent corrupt governors from easily changing the numbers with adding one stroke or two. Therefore, the other purpose is to suggest that π is such a precise mathematical order that could not be changed easily.

    Last but not least, the choice of hand carving the stamps is related to the ancient Chinese printing technique.  Stamping to form the unprecise circle also suggests that π is a manmade discovery.

    Amount of calculated digits: 22.4 trillion digits - November 2016 (Peter Trueb)