The sculptor Rodin produced The Thinker over a 25 year period - from the creation of the first plaster mould in 1880 until it's casting in 1902 and the bronze's public unveiling in 1904. Artists study the details of the work of the master. Essays focus on single limbs and the emotion conveyed. It was part of the undergraduate program at the RMIT School of Movement Sciences. It launched my love of the role movement plays in thinking, memory, behaviour and performance. A presentation in my first week at RMIT changed by life. The opening slide of the impact of muscle activity and the implications of movement on thinking, brain cell growth, hormone balancing, stress reduction and total well-being was the Rodin's quote,
"What makes my Thinker think is that he thinks not only with his brain, with his knitted brow, his distended nostrils and compressed lips, but with every muscle of his arms, back, and legs, with his clenched fist and gripping toes."