In 2001, Fischer began creating Cantos: The Rings of Hell and Heaven, a series of works inspired by Dante Alighieri's poem, The Divine Comedy. The poem's elaborate formal structure traces a pilgrimage through the rings of Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. In the Cantos series, Fischer translates Dante's narrative construction of the poem into sculptural objects that evolve from one another. For the first Cantos piece, Fischer carved an excerpt from the poem in bas-relief, imbuing the ring with the essence of Dante's sublime landscape and giving the words a physical starting point for the progression of the series.
Each meticulously hand-carved original in the series is reproduced on an individual basis using the lost wax process and is cast in 18k gold, sterling silver or a combination of those two metals.