Polyhedral Art on Metropolitan Museum Roof

Although I gave up on domes many years ago, I never lost my fascination with polyhedra. So when I heard about the exhibit on the roof garden at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, I went to see it. It turned out to be squashed and stretched hexagons and pentagons of steel, acrylic, and polyester. You could walk around inside it. By Argentine artist Tomás Saraceno.

2 Responses to Polyhedral Art on Metropolitan Museum Roof

  1. Staroid says:

    Looks like an ugly mess of crashed dodecahedra. This kind of thing passes for art nowadays, but it's a shame to put up such a disjointed mess of assymmetry, when the natural polyhedra are so beautiful and symmetric.
    I've discovered, for instance, that you can attach icosohedrons all over a dodecahedron, by fitting them on the dodeca pentagons where five of the icosa triangles meet to form a pentagon.
    There are numerous other examples of clustering polyhedra, and any of them would have been more pleasing than the smash-up pictured above.
    Perhaps beauty was not the point. . The artist seems to be commenting on the dissonance and disjoinedness of our society.

  2. Lloyd Kahn says:

    That's true. This thing is warped. I always stuck to the pure icosahedron in domebuilding. Elegance of symmetry.

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