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Bang Scrambled Stardust
Artist's Statement, 3 July 2012

A 3-dimensional variation on the Star Spangled Banner theme. Stars become star polyhedra (stellated dodecahedra), 13 arranged symmetrically in a cubic blue field which cuts into 12 red and white pentagonal stripes. The remaining 37 stars are arranged quasi-chaotically at the points of the pentagons. The 13th stripe, with 3-fold rotational symmetry, is hidden in the fabric of the flag.

In our current creation myth, some 13 billion years ago a single fortunate event created everything, filling multiple dimensions with fireworks and cosmic dust. More recently, the dust coalesced into (among other things) the United States.

This is a companion piece to sculpture 116, built at the Bridges Art-Math Conference in July 2010 and installed in the National Experience Education Center, Pécs, Hungary.

Artists: Paul Hildebrandt, Marc Pelletier

Construction team: graduate students, teachers and researchers at the Park City Math Institute, Park City, Utah.

Special thanks to: Ashli Black, Jennifer Outzs, Tina Cardone, Catherine Giesbrecht, Tim Giesbrecht, Peg Cagle, the Institute for Advanced Study and the National Science Foundation. Components were donated by Zometool Inc.

Warm regards,

Paul Hildebrandt
President, CVO
Zometool Inc.

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Links to more photos/video:
    Video on YouTube by Vicki Hain
    Zome Build and Parade by Tina Cardone
    PCMI Zome by Shaffiq Welji
    Parade Photos, page 1 || page 2 || page 3 by Suzanne


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