George W. Hart


is a 40-inch diameter wood sculpture at the Maritime Explorium in Port Jefferson, NY.  You can see the structure pretty well in this video.  To assemble it, I led the public in a sculpture barn raising at the Eastern Long Island Mini Maker Faire, June 4, 2016.  Here are some photos from the assembly, which show the process of making 3-part modules and then joining them:

Thank you to everyone who helped and especially to the Explorium director, Lauren Hubbard, for the excellent arrangements.

Before that, and before I colored the parts, I had assembled them with the public as part of the first New York City Creative Technology Week.

Later, I made this second instance of the design for an exhibition Technically Beautiful at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, NY.  Note that this version is the mirror image of the one at the Maritime Explorium, like left-handed and right-handed gloves.  I often make a design twice in this way; creating a symmetric pair emphasizes my interest in the symmetry.  The same laser-cutting template is used to make the parts, but I bevel the edges on the opposite face.  Perhaps someday the pair will be exhibited together somewhere. Thank you to Liz Titone for arranging the Technically Beautiful exhibition and to Tori Gibbs for the gallery photo.

And finally, I later made a small model of the design to keep for myself.  This is almost 10 cm in diameter---under 4 inches.  Sometimes it is nice to have a small keepsake of a large sculpture. 

Here it is under construction, before gluing on its head.  If you look carefully, you'll see a slight difference in the design between this small model and the full-scale sculpture.  For this, I made a single piece which looks like three pieces, corresponding to the module of three almost coplanar parts that make each inside triangle.  An etched line simulates the overs and unders of the module in the large sculpture.  So this model is assembled from just twenty parts while the sculpture is made from sixty.

Copyright 2016, George W. Hart