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With Regards to George W. Hart & Seb Perez-Duarte

This beast will become a close relative of an early version of George W. Hart's Millennium Bookball sculpture - based on the Pentagonal Hexecontahedron.

 

The source photo is Seb Przd's panorama The beginning of the sculpture taken before the assembly of Hart's Compass Points at the Gathering for Gardner 8 this past spring.

 

Hart's discussion about the initial design of the Millenium book ball (using slotted books) is here. It was based on a non-regular version of the polyhedron to which I can only dream of attempting. As it is, I chose the regular pentagonal hexecontahedron with easier to calculate slots.

 

The image itself was generated with my own custom software written for this purpose.

 

A Story: In 2000 or so, I wrote a note to George Hart after seeing his 72 Pencils and asked if he wouldn't mind if I did a replica of one for myself.

 

His response was very kind and said it was okay as long as I gave credit for the design - but what impressed me more was that he suggested I explore and come up with something new. I'm a big fan of that kind of encouragement.

 

Well, I hope projecting of a panorama and recasting the slots on the rectangles has enough "knob twiddling" (as Hofstadter once described creativity) to make this worth posting.

 

One Final Note: I should acknowledge my lack of fully realized / physical panorama spheres. Some exist, some are half done - and even now, I'm starting new ones. I guess time will tell if photos of physical models will ever make it to my photo stream. ... If they don't, I apologize in advance: sorry about that.

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Taken on June 2, 2008