Beautiful Math


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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