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Math Monday: Giant Zometool sculpture

Math Monday: Giant Zometool sculpture

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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4 thoughts on “Math Monday: Giant Zometool sculpture

  1. Dave says:

    … and you gotta love the geodesic turban in the front row!

  2. Anonymous says:

    What is every one looking at? Were they not informed that they were about to snap the picture?! :) …and the lady scratching her head! Awesome! Too bad it’s probably all over the Internet by now. :)

    Great job on the sculpture though, it is definitely cool!

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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