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Planar Study

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Published: February 5, 2006
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This planar study was a project for my Sophomore year design class. Its purpose was a composition of multiple planes examining the relationships created through intersection and the spaces formed between different surfaces. For my design, I started with a superstructure derived from an icosahedron, truncated and torqued to create a faceted jewel of sorts. Within the framework I wrapped a continuous plane that goes around four times before feeding into itself again. In the center of the structure I left a pentagonal prism as a void, the vertical pylons of which serve primarily a structural purpose.

Because I built each face of the superstructure individually before fitting them all together, the joints (detail lower right) are exceptionally strong, with eighteen balsa sticks interlocking in a herringbone pattern.

Media: 1/8" Balsa Sticks, String, Elmer's Glue-All.
Image size
1000x600px 516.06 KB
Minolta Co., Ltd.
Shutter Speed
10/20 second
Focal Length
6 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Feb 3, 2006, 8:52:06 PM
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JakeukalaneHobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! Finally I found this image. I did some time ago a modification of this image, when I didn't know it was yours. Is this one →…

Hope this don't bother you... :|

Thank you.
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SpielorjhHobbyist General Artist
Aiee. I thought -I- overengineered things.
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JohnHupp General Artist
The joints just sort of happened... I started with twelve pentagons and gradually added more layers to them before frantically assembling the superstructure. Granted, I turned this in a week late, so perhaps the extra time had something to do with it. (The plane just sort of happened, too, but that's a different story.)
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pearwoodHobbyist Photographer
Fun with mathematics.
Well done and well photographed.