and painter, Massachusetts
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, 1952.
Tom Gottsleben studied in the Chufu High School in Tokyo and at
the San Francisco Art Institute. Recent exhibitions of his work included the
Buttonhole Gallery, The Kleinert Gallery, Elena Zang Gallery, and the Hawthorn
Gallery, in New York. Tom Gottsleben is a sculptor and a painter. His central
motive in his sculpture is the spiral. All his artwork is spiritual, where the
concept of light plays a very important role.
H 80" | W 47 1/2" | D 14"
Bluestone, Stainless Steel
Shadow Dancer 1995 ©
Group Bluestone & Stainless steel
Gottsleben Home, an architectural wonder unto itself, called for numerous
railings and balconies to complete its exterior. The theme of the house is
spirals, and Infusion was commissioned to create railings that not only
reflected this theme, but also each twist created a complete line that
mimicked the outline of the nearby Catskill Mountain range.
design of the Spiral House is based on the universal precepts of
sacred geometry and sacred architecture. In this light, a house or
temple (or sculpture, for that matter) should architecturally and
physically express both a cosmology and a physiology: it should be a
reflection of the wisdom "'as above - so below", as well as embody
the 'macrocosm / microcosm' insight. It should be a place where a
sense of the sacred can be tangibly experienced; a meeting place of
heaven and earth where the practical and the spiritual are balanced
and integrated with the environment."
The spiral is a universal form and pattern found in all cultures,
since the very beginning of mankind's markings. It is the shape of
both our galaxy as well as our DNA, and therefore - is an excellent
symbol of the macrocosm/microcosm insight. The spiral is a sign of
movement and growth, as it describes a path and connection from the
center to its periphery, in a fractal - or self similar way. Some
spirals, like the spiral of the nautilus shell, literally embody the
ideal or Golden Proportioning system (a.k.a. The Fibonacci
Sequence), which has been used in art and architecture since
antiquity to emulate nature's patterns of proportion, harmony, and
beauty. When designing our new home, the spiral form of the nautilus
shell best expressed a sense of organic growth and harmony with
nature - in a way that would be functional, yet also stimulate and
inspire those who would experience it.
The spiral house was designed and built by my wife Patty and myself,
along with a lot of help from our friends. It is a 5 story spiral
structure that 'turns' 2 1/4 times around it's axis; the central
column of a 32 ft. stainless steel and glass spiral staircase.
Constructed of concrete, steel, bluestone, wood, glass, and copper,
it was completed in 2001.