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For the Museum of Mathematics

The column on do-it-yourself tensegrity generated a couple of interesting responses.  First, “bonooboong” shared a design for a building that uses tensegrity as a sculptural element:


And second, Robert Coolman refined the classic six-strut tensegrity structure, using elastic hair bands for the tension elements to provide uniformity and color, and groups of four narrow dowels (skewers?) for the struts:


Note the clever arrangement of colors which results in all four colors meeting at every vertex, and in all four colors comprising every non-planar quadrilateral.  Also, each possible set of three colors occurs on exactly two opposite faces of the icosahedron. is still accepting other mathematically meaningful tensegrity topics…

Glen Whitney

Executive Director, Museum of Mathematics

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