Quintessence of Hedgehog
This is a hold-in-your-hand size (4 inch diameter) sculpture assembled
from twenty-four acrylic plastic (plexiglas) pieces. It is very tactile
and spin around in your hand --- not really like a hedgehog, but I do
how else to describe the way it bursts with energy in all directions.
The above image is aimed right through its core along a 5-fold
axis. There is a high-resolution version here. Below is a more
There are two
shapes of wind-mill like pieces, as shown below, twelve of each in
parallel pairs. They are carefully calculated so that the arms pass by
other and only meet at the exterior where they are beveled and joined.
The smaller ones are slightly outside of the larger ones,. Each
joint connects an arm of a larger piece to an arm of a smaller piece.
It is hard to capture in a photograph how dense it is and how the
parts just pass by each other at various angles. The computer-generated
below conveys the complexity of its structure. Of course this computer
image does not capture the way light goes through the transparent parts
reflects off the surfaces. So one really must hold it in hand and turn
it about to fully appreciate it .
This is one of a series of acrylic sculptures which I made in a limited
edition of only six copies. Each is in a different color, so each
is unique. Below are the first three of the six for this design.
For other acrylic sculptures in this series, view my acrylic sculpture limited editions
Copyright 2003, George W. Hart