This is a sphere created using 60 coffee cup sleeves connected at their corners using split-pin fasteners. The underlying polyhedral form is the icosidodecahedron.
Background and Inspiration
I had been investigating building with squares and rectangles connected at their corners and driving
from Michigan to the Bridges conference in Baltimore. The fastest route is along part of the Ohio turnpike.
About two hours from home is a rest area with a Starbucks. While waiting for a coffee, I asked
Could I take a few extra coffee sleeves for an art project?
Yes. the worker said.
How many can I take?
As many as you like.
This many? I said indicating the length of my forearm.
And that is one way to acquire 60 identical coffee sleeves!
I put this together while doing laundry at our conference hotel.
- See the page on Expanded Polyhedral Forms.