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Axis Gallery, at P and 19th streets, will host a Pi exhibit Saturday.
Husband and wife duo Jiayi Young and Shih-Wen Young have combined math and art, using the power of Pi to educate and stimulate art lovers. Numbers are represented by lines, shapes, and colors, giving the audience an alternative perspective of the mathematical constant.
Shih-Wen Young, an artist and physics professor at American River College, said, "I try to teach the simplicity of randomness."
"Pi is hidden everywhere," Shih-Wen said. "When I go through Pi, I am taken back: My birthday, my mom's birthday, the day she got in her car accident." The Pi exhibit is an homage to the symbol that is about much more than just numbers to the artists.
The exhibit features an ice sculpture with a four-and-a-half pound ring-shaped weight balanced on top. It is called "Circling the Square" and changes for every show. The ring melts down the cubic-foot sculpture over two days, leaving a cylinder behind. "Gravity itself has Pi," Shih-Wen explained. This sculpture is a new take on an old concept of squaring the circle in attempt to discover Pi in nature.
A preview of the two-day event was held Thursday, at which the husband and wife explained, in scientific and artistic detail, each piece. Hearing the significance of the 11 paintings added depth to the experience.
"Science is art," Shih-Wen said. The Pi exhibit truly harnesses that concept.