Globe Flowers (artwork)
Globe Flowers Corrugated Plastic, 48 in 2016

This is based on the 3,1-Goldberg polyhedron where the edges have been replaced with squares of yellow, white, and blue corrugated plastic.

Background and Inspiration

This was the result of a hands-on mathematical art sculpture construction I led at the Bridges Conference, in Jyväskylä, Finland in August 2016. Participants of all ages helped assemble this piece during a community event.

A total of 390 corrugated plastic squares were used in the construction. There were 60 yellow squares connected into 12 pentagonal modules, 90 blue squares with 60 connected into 20 triangular modules, and 180 white square squares connected around the 12 yellow pentagonal modules. The squares had pre-drilled holes at their corners and were connected with cable ties.

Community members helping with the assembly. Small modules were connected to create twelve larger modules, which were then assembled into the final structure.


I am grateful for all the participants at the Bridges Conference Family Day event who helped assemble this piece!

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