SuperFrabjous is a 12-inch diameter
sculpture made from thirty laser-cut wood components.
It can be seen as two layers. There is a wiggly inner
structure, which can be understood as six interlocked
pentagons, and a spiraling outer structure, which can be
understood (roughly) as five concentric tetrahedra.
Both layers are disconnected in isolation, e.g., the
pentagons do not contact each other and the tetrahedra do
not touch each other. So both parts would crumble if
it weren't for the fact that each of the thirty wood
components provides one pentagon edge and one tetrahedron
edge. So the six pentagons float in space in the proper
positions relative to each other and the five tetrahedra
also float in space in their relative positions, not
touching each other. It is a rather magical effect to
trace the components and see how they weave through each
other without touching, each layer supporting the other.
It began with these thirty identical components, which I had
to sand, bevel, finish, interweave, jig into position, and
glue. This was probably the most difficult of all my
sculptures for me to assemble. But I'm very happy with
the way it came out.
Here's a slightly different view of it, which may help clarify
how the parts interweave. To more fully understand it,
it helps to see a video of its construction, on my YouTube
is featured in the April, 2014 issue of
Discover Magazine, p. 37
Copyright 2010, George W.