Math Monday: Giant Zometool Sculpture
JANUARY 18, 2010

by George Hart



zometool-construction
What is the largest geometric structure you have ever made? This giant Zometool construction contains 50,000 parts and is five meters in diameter.
Zometool-Sculpture-detail
As this detail image shows, Zometool is a plastic construction set with hubs and struts that provide lengths and angles for making mathematical models. The effect of elegant smooth curves results from many short straight pieces.
zometool-group
The sculpture was made at the Bridges Math/Art conference in Banff. Over a hundred people worked together to execute this beautiful design by Chris Kling in memorial to him. At The Museum of Mathematics, we support this sort of hands-on building experience to convey mathematical principles in a fun, engaging manner.


This article first appeared on Make: Online, January 18, 2010.

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