• Dandelion from back garden in Huddersfield. Simple repeated elements result in an impressive form.
  • Milan airport roof- repetitive structural form, rigidty, functional.
  • Scanning Electron Micrograph of Radiolarian. See Ernst Haeckel for some amazing illustrations!
  • 12 sided solid in 3D Studio Max. Quick visualisation of form.
  • Pylon snapped enroute to Chapel gallery Preston, with a boot full of sculptures. Beautiful structure.
  • My hands at work: cutting and scoring paper based on Autocad templates, or simply exploring a material intuitively by hand forms the basis of what I do.
  • Autocad experiments with 5 sided shapes. A process of sketch modelling by hand is combined with computer drawing to ensure perfect symmetry in the final models.
  • Dodecahedron skin.
  • Paper dodecahedron. Feeling and seeing a physical object gives me ideas for new forms, and how they can be constructed.
  • The model that started it all- I noticed the pentagonal cap on this form, and realised the potential for modular form making.
  • A mirror was used to quickly visualise alternative configurations.
  • Playing with different possibilities before glueing the object together.
  • Experimenting with new forms from the same layout- the concept of multiple, unique objects from one design is very appealing!
  • The object half finished. Rather than complete the form in one run, I glued it together to create two halves, which gave me more opportunities to explore different variations, as well as play with lighting and photography.
  • The internal tabs (where the object is glued) create a regular pattern, akin to a pentagonal honeycomb.
  • All models are documented, as each variation has potential for further exploration.

Creative process

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As part of a long study of paper, the exploration of the dodecahedron formed one of several satellite projects. Influenced by structural forms created by both man and nature, I aimed to create something that expressed these constructive properties based upon the simple geometry of the twelve sided solid.
www.richardsweeney.co.uk

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  1. Demelitia 97 months ago | reply

    Hi, love the work, especially the way you've brought in modern techniques not usually recognised in the art world (i.e Autocad) and yet still manage to have your pieces recognised as art in the more traditional sense.
    This is one of the reasons i'm wanting to include you in my artist studies for my Photography A-level. I have a problem though, each study has to include background information on the artist (something along the lines of a shortened biography), as well as analyses of some of the artists work.
    The analysis i can do, the hard bit is finding background information about you.
    For other artists ive done so far (including Andy Goldsworthy, whos work im hoping to compare with yours) ive used wikipedia as my main source of info, any resource you could point me to would be infinitely helpful, if your info isnt on the net a personal response from you would be brilliant, although i dont know if im pushing it a bit there haha:D
    Anyway, as i say, i love your work and if you've read this far thanks very much as this has become a much longer comment than expected.
    Brian.

  2. enginayan 96 months ago | reply

    these series wonderfull creations

  3. scalpod 96 months ago | reply

    You're a dodecaheathen!

  4. Arlos.rep 96 months ago | reply

    dude this is so sick! nice approach

  5. rittomcat 96 months ago | reply

    Hey I have been an Intern as a packaging engineer and done lots of stuff with paper. But these peices are amazing I did not know these types of forms were possible, great job!!

  6. Sebastian- 95 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Exploratorium Geometry, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

  7. juandesant 95 months ago | reply

    As an admin for a group called Computer Simulations, I'd love to have your photo added to the group!

  8. bernardo bruno 89 months ago | reply

    very good work , well done

  9. danperry.com 88 months ago | reply

    Truly stunning

  10. Shu...... [deleted] 87 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Creative & Unique Collages, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.



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  11. roddh 86 months ago | reply

    beautiful work. very interesting project

  12. Alaa AliEddin 85 months ago | reply

    Perfect work ....

  13. www.kasimetcalfe.com 81 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Science is Golden, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  14. wunderwesen 81 months ago | reply

    Great cyclus. I fell over it when I saw this thing in the middle which is so familiar to me from my work and righti! Ernst Haeckel! I like your creative experiments.

  15. Portfólio Tischler 79 months ago | reply

    Richard,
    I really enjoyed your work! I find it an inspiration... so much that I even created a peace of jewlry based on it.
    I hope you like it.

    Cassia Tischler

    www.flickr.com/photos/23535229@N05/2828158552/

  16. janine berben 74 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Unintended Jewelry, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  17. natalia zipo 71 months ago | reply

    ke delicadeza *

  18. marcolucidi 71 months ago | reply

    slurp! gustose ispirazioni

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