This is a fifty-two inch diameter version of my Compass Points
sculpture, made of laser-cut aluminum. It was assembled with the help
of many attendees at the 2008 Gathering for Gardner conference. Photos
of the Atlanta assembly event are online here.
Before shipping the parts down to Atlanta, I prepared them in my studio
in New York and obtained the help of several graduate students from
Brook University to help me with a test assembly. I wanted to practice
the assembly steps and make sure everything actually fit together as
There are one hundred twenty of these
aluminum brackets and five hundred ten stainless steel hex-head nuts
and bolts holding the sculpture together. So it took several hours to
assemble. Before that, I had cleaned, deburred, and sanded the
components, and bent the brackets to the proper angles (sixty are 90
degrees and sixty are 116.5 degrees).
The brackets bolt inside to join adjacent pairs of the sixty long
During the test assembly, we had to
focus on the ins and outs of how the parts weave through each other to
form an intricate interdigitation.
A big thank you to the crew from Stony
Brook who helped me test-assemble it: Irina Kostitsyna, Alex Mohr,
Tuncay Tekle, and Giordano Fusco.
I later made four feet for it to be
displayed on, then disassembled it, packed up all the parts, and
them to Atlanta for the final assembly
I have also made a smaller wood version
of this design and a full-scale
. I am working up towards one final version of Compass Points
, in steel, at a much
larger size. Let me know if you have a good location for it.
Copyright 2008, George W. Hart