We learn the rope of life by untying its knots. – Jean Toomer
On the campus of the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO there is a large, stainless steel art sculpture entitled “The Gordian Knot” that was fabricated by artist Douglas Kornfield out of 300 feet of stainless steel. Like the original Gordian Knot, it is without a beginning or end. According to the school’s website, the inspiration for the sculpture came from an ancient story of Alexander the Great – “In 333 BC, wintering at Gordian, Alexander attempted to untie the Gordian Knot. The legend claimed that whoever untangled the knot would rule Asia. Finding no end to the knot, or a way to unbind it, he sliced it in half with his sword. Alexander went on to conquer Asia, fulfilling the prophecy. The term ‘Cutting the Gordian Knot’ is today often used as a metaphor for an intractable problem, solved by a bold stroke.”
I think the sculpture is beautiful and is a wonderful inspiration for the students to ‘think outside the box’ when facing seemingly impossible challenges.