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Follow the bouncing ball: toroidal torsos, tetrahedra and truncated icosahedra
I recently saw a fun video on FaceBook showing soccer players with their torsos enclosed in protective toroidal bubbles, and then found this related Bubble Soccer USA site. Perhaps sport is now imitating what some believe is the shape of the human electromagnetic energy field? Below is a stylized illustration I did some years ago of nested rainbow colored toroids surrounding a meditator in lotus position.
Of course, the shape of a traditional soccer ball is roughly the projection of a truncated icosahedron onto a sphere. Since inflated bubbles provide superb cushioning, they are also found on this NASA Mars lander video; note the tetrahedral cushioning balloons (with 6 quasi-spherical balloons on each face) about 3.5 minutes into the video.
Solar System Geometry Calendars for 2015
I just updated the popular Martineau Solar System Series calendar for 2015. The models depicting averaged (circular rather than elliptical) orbit relationships are astonishingly accurate … and simple! Enjoy! 🙂
Spiral shell sculptures
Sculptor, fellow artist, geometer and student of metaphysics, Stefán Geir Karlsson recently sent me some interesting conceptual images and commentary about making some really large spiral shell sculptures. His virtual vortices would be fun to explore as full size realized art forms. I’ve long had similar ideas for making huge models of polyhedra with mirrored interiors that we could walk inside, see the labyrinthine reflections and hear the equally fractal echoes; all metaphors of our projections mirrored back to us! Colleague Sara Frucht of Berkeley, Calif. has some excellent smaller models she calls ‘Kaleidoscapes‘ with wonderful interior mirror reflections.
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- Golden Ratio and sound – John Chowning audio
- A site featuring the work of noted geometer and scholar Tons Brunés and classic sacred geometry constructions
- 22 maps and charts that will surprise you; some interesting images for map enthusiasts; the last one (#22) about Laniakea and the Milky Way; is particularly impressive to keep our tiny earth-bound issues in perspective! 🙂
- a related, linked video about supercluster Laniakea … staggering!
- a lovely photo of newly-discovered galaxy SMM J2135-0102
- Golden Ratio For Kids: Pinterest page
- Werner Vogt’s geometrically inspired architecture
- Lissajous figures (I used to make wild animations with an analog oscilloscope and a bank of oscillators in high school) and Hans Jenny’s Cymatics are kindred art forms. … John Martineau has a great little book on the Harmonograph (among his generous assortment of gems in his Wooden Books series; scroll down to the Wooden Books section on our Sacred Geometry books page. … Steven K. Roberts: “here was my childhood harmonograph with adjustable pendulums and U-joints to the drawing tool, with rack-and-pinion pickoff via servos to a second platform above.
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If you like to color with colored pencils (or other media), make 3-D fold-up geometric art, do stained glass, quilts, geometric arts and/or crafts, or just want an extensive reference/resource of geometric archetypes, patterns and essential line art, you might enjoy a copy of my first book, Sacred Geometry Design Sourcebook: Universal Dimensional Patterns.
If your leanings are more metaphysical … and perhaps whimsical 🙂 … you might enjoy my second book, The Geometry Code: Universal Symbolic Mirrors of Natural Laws Within Us; Friendly Reminders of Inclusion to Forgive the Dreamer of Separation. It was originally going to have geometry and Hermetic Laws/symbolism as a primary focus, but in 2007, a reawakened interest in the spiritual masterpiece, A Course In Miracles – thanks to Gary Renard – shifted the primary emphasis to an exploration of the two thought fundamental systems we all vacillate between, and how we can gradually shift our mind’s identity to the happy one.
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author of The Geometry Code book; co-author of The Geometry Code screensaver
author of Sacred Geometry Design Sourcebook
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