ENNEA – 2021

The platonic solids: tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron and icosahedron belong to the sacred geometry. There are only 5 platonic solids, because the characteristic of the platonic solid are identical planes, edges and vertices. Also the angles between each plane must be identical.

Every Platonic solid has an equal: a shape that can be drawn in the Platonic solid. If you take exactly the center of each plane of the cube and you connect those points with each other, you can create an octahedron. If you take the middle of those planes again and you connect them to each other, another cube arises! This is also the case with the dodecahedron and the icosahedron. The equal shape of the tetrahedron is a tilted tetrahedron. You can make these shapes in both directions (larger and smaller). This can go on indefinitely and therefore these forms belong to fractals.

The installation ENNEA consists of 3 of the 5 platonic solids (tetrahedron, cube and the octahedron) with their equal shapes. The cube symbolizes the earth because of its solid base. The octahedron symbolizes the sky because this shape can rotate freely when it is attached to the two opposite vertices. The tetrahedron has the smallest volume compared to its surface area and is therefore the most movable of all platonic solids and symbolizes fire.

Plato (427 B.C. – 347 B.C.) believed that the platonic solids are the building blocks of our reality and more and more peaple proved this to be right. The platonic solids are reflected in our world and in the universe on microscopic scale, but also on macroscopic scale. For example, the atom of oxygen is made up of 8 atoms, as is the number of vertices of the cube. If you observe microclusters of molecules, you discover the only way to stabilize them is if they form a platonic solid. Platonic solids also arise in the chemical composition of molecules. On a larger scale, platonic solids can be found in crystals of, for example: pitite, fluorite and many others. You can also find them in water crystals.

These are the oldest and most stable and balanced shapes we know! For this reason, they will usually balance the energies in your system and the environment. You can also find platonic solids in chakras. 5200 before Christ, these forms were already used in Scotland.

In an experiment with soap bubbles, you can see how platonic solids are formed. If you make four bubbles with one buble in the middle, it becomes a tetrahedron with round sides. With six bubbles, the middle shape becomes a cube. A dodecahedron is formed in the middle of the combination of 12 soap bubbles. The sides of the dodecahedron are no longer round but straight! This proves that the platonic solids are the most stable forms which costs the least amount of energy to create.

The installation is called Ennea: this is Greek for the number nine. Nine is an important number in sacred geometry and numerology.

If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would have a key to the universe. If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.
– Nikola Tesla

All energies have a certain frequency, a vibration, a dance that can be expressed by numbers and Sacred Geometry. I therefore believe that Sacred Geometry and numerology are the building blocks of our universe and our realities.

If we look at a tetrahedron: per plane you have: 3×60=180 x 4 planes = 720: 7+2+0=9. This calculation is applicable to all platonic solids and ALWAYS becomes 9! The installation ENNEA consists of three shapes, each with its equal shape, bringing you to 6. The underlying number (3+6) is 9.

During Schok: Schoorlse Kunsten 2021 and Landjuweel 2022, Ruigoord there was a performance, in which 3 dancers brought the installation to life. They were connected to the installation with luminous elastics, which came out of the hands of the dancers as a kind of energy lines and created new forms within the installation.

Dancers: Leila van Wetten, Shèraga van Wetten and Nick van den Bergkristal
Music: Yannick Wandel

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