IFF – Business Card Sponge Opening

IFF – Business Card Sponge Opening


If you are in the Los Angeles area this weekend, head on over to the Institute for Figuring’s new exhibit opening, The Business Card Menger Sponge by Dr. Jeannine Mosely. The exhibit will be on display from August 26 – September 24, 2006 at Machine Project (1200 D North Alvarado, Los Angeles). From the site: “Menger’s Sponge – named for its inventor Karl Menger and sometimes wrongly called Sierpinski’s Sponge – was the first three dimensional fractal that mathematicians became aware of. In 1995 Dr Jeannine Mosely, a software engineer, set out to build a Level 3 Menger Sponge from business cards. After 9 years of effort, involving hundreds of folders all over America, the Business Card Menger Sponge was completed. The resulting object is comprised of 66,048 cards folded into 8000 interlinked sub-cubes, with the entire surface paneled to reveal the Level 1 and Level 2 fractal iterations.Link.

This Weekend:

Opening: Saturday August 26, 7-10pm

Lecture: Sunday September 10, 8pm – “Structural Considerations of the Business Card Sponge” by Dr Mosely.

6 thoughts on “IFF – Business Card Sponge Opening

  1. Oracle1729 says:

    I remember the request for volenteers and business cards for this. It’s hard to beleive it was 10 year ago.

  2. Mesach says:

    I built a level 2 Menger’s Sponge, took me forever and I had to scavenge all the cards from “ex” employees at the place I worked.

  3. JimHorn says:

    Wow – back at IIT in the early ’70s a few friends and I built a roughly 1x3x6 foot “monolith” from Hollerith cards this way (i.e. old computer punch cards). It ended up being deliberately lit on fire and thrown off a roof for use in a homemade film.

    The cubes were larger (as the cards were); the cards were free (they were the *only* practical way for most of us to get programs into the university’s single computer – a Univac 1108.

    “Good old days” my foot…

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