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25 January 2006 @ 09:21 pm
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"Fire and Ice is an 18" diameter hollow orb, assembled from sixty identical pieces of red oak (cut on a computer-controlled router) and ten interwoven loops of brass. It is one of a series of rather different forms I am constructing, which all share chiral icosahedral symmetry. As in all my work, I am seeking to create engaging forms which carry a geometric aesthetic, but which can be as easily appreciated by viewers without any special fondness for math or geometry. It may not be obvious from this image that the brass loops weave together to form a large hollow sphere at the center of the sculpture."

20 January 2006 @ 05:44 pm
"Here's what Felix Klein had in mind back in 1882, when he first dreamed of a closed, one-sided surface. It's elegantly curved, with a side loop making a transverse puncture at the nexus..."

"To a mathematician, it's a one-sided bottle,
homeomorphic to a disc with two crosscaps.
To a glass worker, it's a major challenge in glassblowing.
To the casual viewer, it's an accomplishment
in art, glass, and mathematics."