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Little Seed by Randall Page

Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park


Seeds are fascinating structures formally. The most important thing about seeds is that they are packed with energy—hermetic and discrete in them­ selves, like an unexploded grenade of organic energy. I have always been fascinated by plant geometry; the underlying principles that determine botanical forms. One of the most interesting and pervasive of these geometric phenomena is spiral phyllotaxis, plants ‘use’ it because of its ability to pack things together in the most efficient way possible; and on the whole nature loves economy. This packing system is most obvious in the arrangements of seeds on the head of a sunflower, but the same numerical principles apply to most pine and fir cones, pineapples, daisies and many other fruit, seeds and seed heads. — Peter Randall-Page

Little Seed is a proto-type for Randall-Page’s 70-ton Seed, which is on permanent display at the Eden Project in Cornwall, England within the Core education center. Randall-Page’s Seed series continues his exploration of the ways natural forms can be described by mathematical formulas such as the Fibonacci sequence, which, when graphed, describes a spiral like those seen on sea shells, pine cones, sunflowers, seeds, etc.

Little Seed is the perfect symbol for the Notre Dame Sculpture Park, which seeks not only to reclaim the natural beauty of the park site, but also to call attention to cycles of the growing season and, metaphorically, to cycles of human life.


Little Seed, 2007, Peter Randall-Page (British, b. 1954), granite, 25 x 51 x 33 inches.  Purchased with Funds Provided by the Miss May E. Walter Estate, 2012.028