Rainbow Bits by George W. Hart

On February 21, 1999, a new sculpture was installed on the 7th floor of Soda Hall, the home of the Computer Science Division at U.C. Berkeley:

This is a picture of Rainbow Bits by George W. Hart, a sculptor living on Long Island, NY. The sculpture is composed of 642 CDROMs, arranged on a spherical surface of over 6 feet in diameter. It is based on the "propello-icosahedron," discovered by George W. Hart, which consists of 20 equilateral triangles and 60 triequiangular kites. Below is a closeup image, which better illustrates the colorful holographic surfaces of these disks. It is suspended from a chain which allows it to rotate slowly with the air currents, so the visual effects change constantly, as well as with lighting conditions and with viewer position.

This sculpture was commissioned by Carlo Séquin and is on indefinite loan to the CS Division.

Here are more pictures of the sculpture at night, casting interseting shadows.

The sculpture was assembled on the premises. George Hart and Carlo Sequin are unpacking the CD-ROM disks. George assembled and glued many small sections. The previous occupant of the atrium space "luminous Racetracks" is removed and disassembled. A new support system is installed. Then on Monday, February 22, 1999, we had the official "unveiling" -- of a model of the sculpture, followed by an informal reception where people could admire the new sculpture.

Site Preparation

Preassembly of Disk Chains

Montage of the Sculpture in Place

Inauguration and Reception

Technical information on this sculpture.

Other sculptures by George W. Hart can be seen on his display of recent works.

Page Editor: Carlo H. Séquin.