George W. Hart

This 9-inch diameter stainless steel sculpture is constructed from thirty identical parts. It suggests to me the iconic image of palm trees swaying on a tropical island, hence the name Paradise. It may be hard to see the trees for the forest in the image above, so here is the same view but a computer-rendered polygonal model, which gives another sense of the structure:

I cut the stainless steel parts with a computer-controlled plasma cutter. Each piece is flat and has the shape outlined below, with notches that allow them to snap together without any connectors.

Inserting the final element was not easy.  The thirty components lie in the face planes of a rhombic triacontahedron, and the sculpture has chiral icosahedral symmetry.

Here is another view, looking into a 5-fold axis.

Copyright 2006, George W. Hart