Curtis Delk Rose
Curtis Delk Rose

DECATUR – Following an abusive childhood and a time of confusion in the U.S. Army, Decatur (Indiana) resident Curtis Delk Rose found peace in the discovery of his religious faith and a sculptor object known as a “Mobius Band.”

“A Mobius Band is a real physical optical allusion,” said Rose recently. “It looks like one thing, but it is actually something completely different. In reality, it is something that has no beginning and no end. It is the strongest physical symbol of something that has no beginning and end.”

Rose carries a bracelet bearing a bullet that literally bounced off his forehead during his stint in the Army. While serving in Germany and Vietnam, Rose was constantly in trouble for various infractions.

“The first five or six months I worked hard trying to get kicked out of Vietnam,” said Rose.

Finally, he enlisted in photography school in New Jersey, his avenue to assignment in Vietnam.

“I was confused, a thief and a liar, but God could have allowed me to be killed, and He didn’t,” said Rose.

It was one day when he landed in Vietnam that he saw a poster that was the beginning of big-time changes in his life. On a poster board where the plane landed was a sign from “South Beach Chapel” inviting soldiers to special Bible studies. It was through the encouragement of another that Rose realized the meaning of “repentance” and took one of the most important steps in His life.

“I was baptized in the name of Jesus in the South China Sea on the shore of Cam Ranh Bay by Elijah Williams, a drafted Pentecostal minister from Alabama, one of the best men I’ve ever known,” said Rose.

“In the years that followed, I often pondered about my mind’s immediate response to the sudden accident (of being struck by the bullet),” continued Rose. “Within myself, I uttered the words, ‘thank you, Jesus.’ Now, as I look back over the years and into my Christian infancy, I can see that this was my first step into the new journey.”

One of the strong components of his “journey” was when, taking up a fascination with sculpturing, he discovered the life of Augustine Ferdinand Mobius, the German mathematician and theoretical astronomer who is credited with first conceiving the concept of the Mobius Band late in his life.

These days, Rose is one of the most actively involved in the Decatur Sculptor Tour.

Concerning the Mobius Band, Rose stressed that minimal understanding of the Mobius Band has given him a new fascination with God, with no end or beginning.

“In the reality of three dimensions that we live in, length and height and width, there is no room for a single-sided object to exist,” said Rose. “The Mobius Band as a physical impossibility is where my fascination begins. If this beautiful impossibility can find its way into our world, how many others are just waiting for a searching mind to welcome them?”