SMALL DODECAHEDRON STAR 4.2m

As in the old Ancient Chinese wooden architecture - where ingenious design of structural connections avoided the need of screws, nails or glue - this art object stands independently without welds or bolts. The bolts in this work only because CorTen steel plates doesn't exist in these big dimensions.

The Small Dodecahedron star has a Dodecahedron as basis. The Dodecahedron is the optimal 3D stackable shape to create maximum volume with minimum surface. Or, if you would fill an empty box with soft balls and compact them, you would find that the balls will get the shape of a dodecahedron or an object bounded by 12 pentagons.

Because of this maximised performance, it is the ideal shape that we search when making foam structures. Small compact cells with low surface imply low density and heat conduction.

The 12 pyramid points of the stars are the explosion of the inside master object. If connecting the 12 starpoints, you will find the dual shape.  This forms an Icosahedron, a regular object bounded by 20 triangles, which is also a Platonic solid.

Both the pentagon and the five pointed star are mythical symbols, incorporating the golden number Phi = 1.618... the ratio that can be found everywhere in nature.

formaat: 4.2m
jaartal: 2014

monumentale kunst


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