World’s Largest Zometool Construction
1,500 fingers, from ages 7 to 70, are building a massive sculptural tribute to the late architectural visionary, Jean Christoph Kling, at the Renaissance Bridges 2009 conference in Banff.

Five meters in diameter and assembled from 50,000 Tinkertoy-like parts, the gossamer model will be the largest of its type ever attempted.

Kling dedicated his life to adapting “golden” geometry, which underlies the structure of universe, to architecture forms. This never-before-realized design comes from a prolific portfolio of architectural forms Kling left after his untimely death in March of this year. The Banff installation is the first organized effort of his associates, many of whom are attending the Bridges conference, to carry his work forward.

Golden geometry is a universal language bridging art and mathematics, that transcends cultural, political, economic and geographic boundaries. 150 mathematicians and artists from all over the world (and several of their children) have been assembling the small plastic Zometool components into superstructures that will become the final sculpture on Wednesday. The work will take some 250 person-hours, performed during breaks between presenting and attending talks such as “Symmetry and Transformation in the Musical Plane” and “The Unique 11-Pointed Star Polygon of the Topkapi Scroll.”

Although it is built entirely from points and straight lines (i.e., nodes and struts) the model looks like a 3-dimensional “spirograph” drawing, with organic curves that mimic life forms. The underlying structure is derived from a shadow of a 6-dimensional cube.
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