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Math in Art?. George W. Hart From left to right, the three balls were made of 180 spoons in six colors, 150 knives in three colors, and 240 forks in six.

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1 Math in Art?

2 George W. Hart From left to right, the three balls were made of 180 spoons in six colors, 150 knives in three colors, and 240 forks in six colors. There were three very different arrangements, but all with the same symmetry. No Picnic (variable dimensions, up to 16 feet in length)

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5 In the fork component of No Picnic, I tried to get a maximum sense of density while keeping all 240 forks on the surface of the sphere. I believe it would hold itself together without glue, but I glued it anyway. Note that there were six bands of color, each band consisting of two cycles of forks in opposite directions

6 Disk Combobulation I an assemblage of thirty 3.5 inch floppy diskettes

7 72 Pencils is a geometric construction of 72 pencils, assembled into a work of art. The form is an arrangement of four intersecting hexagonal tubes that penetrate each other in a fascinating three- dimensional lattice. Each of the sculptures in the edition is constructed with a different type of pencil, so each is a one-of-a-kind object.

8 The one is made with CMYK pencils. Jeff Rutzky, an NYC designer who often works with printers in the CMYK color space, commissioned this special instance of the sculpture with those four colors.

9 Commissioned by John Sullivan, with specially printed ISAMA pencils. The view shows how it looks along a three-fold axis of symmetry.

10 Sculptures are passive devices to help demonstrate certain conditions of seeing light and three-dimensional space such as drawing perceptual equivalency between light and matter. These geometric “solids” reflect and absorb light in specific, discrete ratios that minimize ambiguities that might arise from depicting anything. Richard Harrington Dodecahedron, 2011

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12 Cube Cone Cylinder Geometric Shapes

13 Tetrahedron Cube Dodecahedron Icosahedron Octahedron Platonic Solids

14 CuboctahedronIcosidodecahedron Truncated Tetrahedron Truncated Octahedron Truncated Cube Archimedean Solids Truncated Dodecahedron Rhombicuboctahedron Truncated Octahedron

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18 References Altes, G. K. (2012, August 17). Paper Models of Polyhedra. Retrieved from Harrington, R. (2011). Richard Harrington, ZERO SUM Greylock Arts, Adams, Massachusetts, autumn, 2011: A Word from the Artist. Retrieved from massachusetts- autumn-2011-richard-harrington/ Hart, G. W. (2004). George W. Hart. Retrieved from


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