Tainia is the Greek word for ribbon. The delicately balanced kinetic, spiral arm of this sculpture is reminiscent of the flowing, dipping, swirling ribbons used as part of a rhythmic gymnastic floor routine.
The wood used for Tainia is honey locust, a hardwood similar to oak and is native to central North America. The name honey locust derives from the sweet taste of the pulp and was used for food by Native American people. Tainia is colored with a dark walnut stain and finished with a gloss polyurethane coating.
The base is coral stone which is an ancient ocean bottom dating back 65-130 million years. Coral stone is now quarried in the southeastern United States and throughout the Caribbean.