Beautiful Math

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Sculptor, artist, university professor and computer scientist George W. Hart knows that pure form can exist as a worthy object of art.

Forming a swooshing shape across the science center atrium at Albion College, Comet! is over 100 feet long from one end to the other. The installation is composed of nine individual orbs, made of powder coated aluminum, ranging from 42 to 48 inches in diameter. They can be seen as 3D slices of a four-dimensional sculpture which is highly geometric at the start and gradually morphs into a flower-like final form. Each stage has a darker core intertwined with a lighter tangle. The final structure can be understood to develop in logical steps, like a mathematical derivation.

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Risky Covers?

Esquire Magazine cover

“The great master of the conceptual magazine cover was the art director George Lois who created so many legendary covers for Esquire in the 1960s.  When Muhammad Ali was convicted of draft evasion and stripped of his heavyweight boxing title, Lois depicted him as the martyred St. Sebastian, with arrows sticking out of his body — and he drowned Andy Warhol in a can of Campbell’s soup!”  (quote by Annie Liebovitz)

Check out all of the stories behind each of these provocative Esquire covers:
http://www.georgelois.com/esquire.html

 

100 Years of Design

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AIGA advances design as a professional craft, a strategic advantage and a vital cultural force, and it is turning 100 years old this year!  To celebrate, AIGA is launching a fun project called “100 Years of Design” where interviews, artworks and and historical markers are woven into narratives to represent how design informs, connects, delights, influences and assists us.  If you, too, are a designer, you can contribute examples to the project directly. Just go to this URL and post your own work based on one of the five themes above!
http://celebratedesign.org/

Happy Independence Day!

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The other day a friend mentioned that she was “not very patriotic.”  That’s fine!  But the Fourth of July celebrations do remind me that I just happen to be very lucky to be born an American because there are many things for which I am extremely grateful.  Traveling to other countries has shown me how to appreciate: clean water, being able to go on a trip whenever I please, speaking my mind openly in public, eating and drinking whatever I want, free restrooms, lots of wide open spaces and the ability to drive while female!