Bending Lines: The Sculpture of Robert Wiggs


Presented by Makemade

This film will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers, Allison Bohl and Peter DeHart.


Nearing the end of his life, Lafayette based sculptor Robert Wiggs looks back on a lifelong obsession with patterns. Never formally trained in mathematics, Wiggs studied mud cracks, bee hives, and tree bark to create a geometric system that rivals the work of academic mathematicians, a system which he expressed and explored in scores of sculptures.

Bending Lines is a story of obsession, of vision, and of the enduring conversation between art and science. It uncovers an amateur mathematician, obscured by time and his profession, whose artistic work communicates the universal quest to discover the essence of the natural world.

Bending Lines had its world premier this April at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.  Since then it has screened at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm as part of the 2018 BRIDGES Math and Art Conference and has recently received an Impact Doc Award of Merit.


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Acadiana Center for the Arts

Acadiana Center for the Arts (AcA) is a publicly supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are the central cultural hub of Acadiana, an eight-parish region comprised of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion Parishes. From our origins as an arts council established in 1975, we have transformed into one of the largest arts organizations in Louisiana. AcA’s public facility is in the heart of downtown Lafayette featuring an intimate theater, large museum-quality galleries, as well as workshop, rehearsal, and office spaces.