Giant Zometool sculpture

By George Hart for the Museum of Mathematics


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.

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