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.
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