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Binary Black Hole

Michael Foster

2014    Size   H: 13 in  W: 9 in  D: 2 in  

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This piece it has roots in math, astrophysics and even microscopic life. The form itself is another minimal surface which is one variation of a class of math surfaces named after the mathematician who described it, Lawson. Lawson was inspired by microscopic life that has a flexible membrane living in an aquatic environment. Like soap bubbles, these membranes will seek to enclose the form with the least surface area possible. If there were no perforations through the membrane, the surface would be a sphere. If you add the complication of the surface being punctured by tunnels, then you end up with a number of interesting forms, including this one. Lawson was able to describe this surface with math, I describe it with the lathe. So that is the math and microbiology. The astrophysics comes in with my surface treatment of the form. My brain just kind of works like that. I thought, well this could be cool as describing 2 black holes that are a binary pair. Now I had no idea this was possible, but went on a google search and found that cosmologists actually did describe such a beast but it was pure theory. However, there a a couple of astronomers who think that they actually found such an object in the cosmos. It is a strange sort of object that throws off weird things like gravitational waves.

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