Plato’s allegory of the Cave

In the allegory, Plato likens people untutored in the Theory of Forms to prisoners chained in a cave, unable to turn their heads. All they can see is the wall of the cave. Behind them burns a fire.  Between the fire and the prisoners there is a parapet, along which puppeteers can walk. The puppeteers, who are behind the prisoners, hold up puppets that cast shadows on the wall of the cave. The prisoners are unable to see these puppets, the real objects, that pass behind them. What the prisoners see and hear are shadows and echoes cast by objects that they do not see. Here is an illustration of Plato’s Cave:

 

The people – by only seeing the shadows think that that is reality, and all there is. They would know nothing of the real causes of the shadows.

 

Im interested in this metaphor of a cave as part of my project. Something that contains something within it that is derived from the real world – the real world of nature. Yet just a shadow of it. The sculpture is like a cave, within it I am able to explore the crossover between natures forms and materials when created and used by man.

 

 

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