James Rodney is a professional photographer, graphic artist / digital imaging specialist/ inventor / musician and IT specialist. He is the creator / owner of JAMES RODNEY PHOTOGRAPHICS.
Here is his artist statement about the piece: "This object is a tetrahedron, a polyhedron composed of four triangular faces, three of which meet at each vertex. This regular tetrahedron, in which the four triangles are regular or "equilateral", is the simplest and most basic of the Platonic solids. The tetrahedron is the solid that has the smallest internal volume to surface area ratio. This is the opposite of the sphere, which has the greatest volume to surface area ratio. This piece was part of a Platonic solids series that was done in 1990. Pieces from this series were shown at Inner-Visions Gallery of Georgetown in Washington, DC and The Tideline Gallery in Rehoboth Beach, DE. This tetrahedron, along with a variety of other Platonic shapes and variations, was constructed from plate copper, using a carbide blade radial arm saw to cut individual triangle faces with sharply angled edges. The edges were then joined by soldering from the inside. The final face was soldered externally by wicking the liquid solder into the seams. Irregularities were carefully touched up and finished with hand files. The piece was then given a final polish with a buffing wheel. The piece can be re-polished using ordinary silver or metal polish. However, copper is a highly reactive metal, so no matter how carefully it is polished, new marks and tarnish will appear within a short time. In terms of my personal artistic endeavor, the construction of these Platonic solids represented my fascination with and striving after an absolute purity of mathematical form itself, with any individual human aesthetic, beyond my best craftsmanship, essentially removed. I feel that these pure "archetypal" forms done in electrically conductive copper, in conjunction with the human psyche and bio-electric energy field, have the potential to accumulate a kind of "charge" that can facilitate connections to higher dimensions."
Here is a picture of another sculpture of his - courtesy of the artist: