'Ring of Möbius' or 'Möbius Ring' 1986
Design by August Ferdinand Möbius
Completed by Ing. Hans Kalkhoven.
Location: Entrance to TU/e campus from Kennedylaan
The German mathematician and astronomer August Ferdinand Möbius designed this well-known sculpture. A characterizing feature is the two-dimensional, curving surface made from one single body of material. Ing. Hans Kalkhoven, former head of the TU/e Building Construction Service, oversaw the completion. The rock that carries the Ring was carefully selected from a quarry in Germany. Smaller stones in the base come from Norway.
The Möbius Ring, together with the construction of the plaque carrying the text 'Mens Agitat Molem' by Dom Hans van der Laan, were a present made by the Philips company to TU/e on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of its foundation in 1986. The theme of this foundation celebration was 'From within to without', represented perfectly by the 'Ring'. This work also replaced 'Orbitrans', a similar sculpture in plastic that was lost in the early nineteen eighties.