The Attractor - Public ArtEvery day - Cathy Freeman Park
This 25 metre tall sculpture symbolises not only the fundamental principles of Olympism, but also the noblest of human endeavours.
According to the artist, the giant ladder as a symbol of ascension has an obvious meaning in the context of sport and the Olympics – it suggests the desire to ascend, to scale heights, to climb up, to improve, to achieve and transcend one’s limitations.
Each of the six rungs of The Attractor bears a word, from the lowest rung upwards: sensus, imaginatio, ratio, intellectus, intelligentia, verbum.
Sensus - perceive, feeling
Imaginatio - imagination
Ratio - account, reckoning, reason
Intellectus - understand, realise, meaning
Intelligentia - intelligence
Verbum - word, proverb
The Attractor was inspired by an illustration from a book by 17th century metaphysician, Robert Fludd.
Location: Southern end of Cathy Freeman Park
Artist: Imants Tillers