The gorgeous polyhedra sculptures of George Hart

George Hart is a professor in engineering and a freelance mathematical sculptor, designer and artist. With the basis in mathematics, he creates stunning sculptures in a variety of materials and sizes, in principle, based on basic polyhedra. But his sculptures are anything but basic.

The fact that this shape ….

 

frabjous-1ab

 

can turn into this, delights me no end.

screen-shot-2014-03-23-at-13-17-26

This is the incredibly beautiful Frabjous, made in laser-cut aspen. I would love to have the money to get pieces laser-cut, and stick light inside it. It would make for interesting light-shadows, and that in turn would be an interesting still life for pencil drawings. Art is always multilayered.

I have recreated this, in corrugated cardboard, as he generously provides some of the templates on his gallery page. I suspect this is one of the easier ones, but I assure you: cutting out 30 pieces of this shape is far from easy. My fingers hurt for a month. And assembling it was actually tricky, based only on the photographs on his Frabjous page. With corrugated cardboard and paper glue there is a limit to how many times the cock-up fairy can visit, before the ends of the pieces no longer are glueable. I am pretty useless at math, a little better at 3D I can touch; but what saved the project was my visual sense for more or less abstract shape. There will be a post with more of my adventure into polyhedra. In the meantime, you can dip a little into Platonic solids, which are the basis for many of these wonderful sculptures.

Besides, putting my cardboard Frabjous next to his gorgeous aspen one would just be depressing :)

I recreated the template in a vector format and adjusted both ends to be exactly identical. If it is ok with George Hart, I will link to a downloadable vector eps file. I will ask, and we shall see.

I have asked him nicely if he could provide the template for the sculpture The Triangles Which Aren’t There, and with luck I will be able to create one. I have tried a few others, but it seems that my pieces are too small. Corrugated cardboard are too thick for the maximum size I can get from my decimated cardboard boxes.

Here are a few of his sculptures. I would love to try Snarl, Compass points and the Bathysphere, but suspect it is beyond my resources.

All images from George Harts  gallery page.

2 thoughts on “The gorgeous polyhedra sculptures of George Hart”

Have an opinion!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.