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A Mathematician's Dream

Michael Foster

2012    Size   H: 12 in  W: 9 in  D: 3 in  

In a gallery - Available through Riley Galleries

This piece was originally intended as a Moibius type loop, but on designing it, there was much more to the math behind the form. The edge traces out a knot known as a torus knot (the piece started life on the lathe as a torus). The cross section is a form known in math as a hypocycloid (think spirograph) and the surfaces approach a minimal surface. Elder burl and Bush oil Stand is carved birch and india ink.

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