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The Pi Project

Sally Sellers's avatar Sally Sellers

The Pi Project Description: The Pi Project is an evolving participatory art event involving peoples of all ages and places. In brief, the glorious number Pi is celebrated by creating a fabric ribbon composed of its digits. Each participant creates a digit on a 9.5” textile square, using any type of surface design. The digits are then sewn together in the actual order in which they appear in Pi. At last reckoning, the Pi Project stretched over a quarter mile long, with over 1850 digits. Because Pi is infinite, there is no limit to the eventual size of the project. Numbers have come primarily from the US, but also include Belgium, Venezuela, Iceland, The Netherlands, Italy, Laos, Australia, and especially France. The digit styles range from sophisticated surface designs by professionals to barely legible scribbles by children. The textile artist Sally Sellers does the sewing and arrangement. The Pi Project was first displayed on 3/14/15 (Pi is 3.1415 . . . ) at the venerable Kiggins Theater in Vancouver, WA. Later, it was hung at North Bank Art Gallery, where it was noted to be one of the most popular exhibits they have hung. Whether visitors simply delight in the ribbon with all its diversity, or decide to become a participant by creating a digit to be added, The Pi Project has proved to be an intriguing and delightful exhibit. Note: the exhibit is ranked as an installation rather than a time-based project, because no digits will be added to the ribbon during ArtPrize. The venue can opt to provide materials for visitor participation (artist can supply textiles), and any digits submitted will be respectfully added at the artist’s studio after the event.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: variable
  • Medium: textile
  • Width: variable
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: variable