Et Cetera goes Geodesic

Geodesic Dome made from hangers donated to Et Cetera Shop

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Saturday night, Jason Miller worked on some mathematical artwork in Et Cetera’s window.  The completed piece is on display.  Don’t miss it!

What is that ball hanging in our window?  

  • A 3V icosahedron-based geodesic sphere
  • A bucky ball
  • Art

What is it made of?

  • 180 triangles, 12 pentagons, and 20 hexagons
  • 240 plastic hangers
    120 large (17 inches)
    90 medium (approximately 16.6 inches)
    60 small (approximately 14.4 inches)
  • The hangers were made in China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Turkey, USA, & Vietnam

Who invented it?

  • The first geodesic dome was designed by WaltherBauersfeld, chief engineer of the CarlZeiss optical company, for a planetarium. The dome was patented, constructed on the roof of the Zeiss plant in Jena, Germany, and opened to the public in July 1926. (see photo)
  • R. Buckminster Fuller named the dome “geodesic” and developed the intrinsic mathematics of the dome, thereby allowing popularization of the idea — for which he received a U.S. patent 2,682,235 in June 1954.

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About the Artist

Jason A. Miller lives in Newton with his wife and two children. He grew up in many places, including eastern Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky, southern and northern Indiana, southern Michigan, and the Hopi reservation in Arizona. He is still growing up in Kansas, where he moved in 2001.

His creative constructions started with Legos, Tinkertoys, Erector Sets, and simple wooden blocks. He now builds things as a carpenter, when he needs more money, but would still rather be playing. His art “stuff” often uses found objects or discarded materials, and tends to be large. It often features bright colors, rarely exists for any length of time, and is usually difficult to describe.

He also enjoys growing and making food, Passive House construction, making local connections, permaculture design, bicycles, foster care, playing Bridge, research and learning, and random trivia.

He did in fact own the Zimmerdale elevator, between Newton and Hesston, before it was torn down.

He is still working on the first certified Passive House located in Kansas, which might finally be completed this year. When finished, it should be the most energy efficient house in the state. He will live there with his family, on the banks of Sand Creek, for a very long time.

If you have questions or comments, or would like some of your junk turned into a large piece of art, please email him at: jasonamiller@gmail.com.

for more information about geodesic domes check out  http://www.geometer.org/mathcircles/geodesic.pdf
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