The parts are laser-cut from 6 mm thick plywood and etched
with a pattern of scales.
The sixty pieces flew with me from New York to Korea in my
I led an activity at the 2014
in which participants assembled the
components using cable ties.
It took about a half hour to get everything connected.
This is a great way to get people to see some of the fun and
creative aspects of mathematics.
When complete, we displayed it temporarily in the Math Love
Museum's booth in the exhibition hall.
Then it was later brought to the museum itself.
Before making the wooden parts, I made this smaller test model
from laser-cut cardboard, assembled with twist ties.
I also tested the assembly process at the Simons Center for
Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook University, where I had an art
I love the feeling of motion conveyed by its interwoven
For more information on it and related sculpture, see this
from 2015 Bridges Conference.
At the conference, there was also a workshop to replicate the
structure of my 72 Pencils
sculpture from chop sticks.