Math Monday: Giant Zometool Sculpture
JANUARY 18, 2010

by George Hart

What is the largest geometric structure you have ever made? This giant Zometool construction contains 50,000 parts and is five meters in diameter.
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.
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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