Here is one of my favorite sculptures: Roads Untaken. A
of three exotic hardwoods (yellowheart, paela, and padauk) with walnut
"grout," it is 17 inches in diameter, and stands 21 inches on the
Those are the natural colors; it is just oiled, not stained. The
ball just rests on the three struts, so it can be lifted and returned
Let your eye meander along the light roads which run between
or the dark roads which run between triangles. Is there a yellow
path from any hexagon to any other hexagon? Is there a red path
any triangle to any other triangle? The form can be called the exploded
propellorized truncated icosahedron.
This computer-generated image, colored by polygon type, gives another
view of its structure.
For a sense of scale, the above image shows it installed at a show at
Clayton Liberatore Gallery, in the summer of 1999. It is low,
the floor, so people can sit around it like a meditation object.
(That was my pony tail phase, now phased out.)
Puzzles: Guess how many pieces of wood there are! What
interesting polyhedral compound do the dark roads outline?
Answers: At very bottom of this page.
copyright 1999, George W. Hart
Answers: 902 pieces; the
compound of six pentagonal prisms.