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A sampling of Collin's work,
photographed by Phillip Geller.
Some pointers to galleries representing his work:
For many years, Collins has created sculptures composed of
A _ B _ C
(A) Two-sided surface with "Cruciform Pattern", - (B) Twisted
tower with 3rd-order saddles, - (C) "Spyrint".
A more recent sculpture is the "Hyperbolic Hexagon"
This shape can also be understood as 6-storey Scherk Minimal
wound into a toroidal loop.
The wireframe above represents the central part of a 3-storey
Scherk surface -- to give you an idea what it looks like.
(Another way to understand this sculpture would be a relative of a
A Glimpse of Collins' Fabrication Methods
Armature for the "Hyperbolic Heptagon" and mockup for the
Once the maquette proves that the envisioned geometric shape has
measurements are taken of the beeswax model, and many individaul
(about one inch thick) are precut according to these measurements.
These boards are then stacked and glued together forming a rough
This composite is then refined into the actual sculpture.
Below are some stages from the creation of one of his 1998
The Creation of "Vox Solis"
The Scherk tower can be given an overall twist before its ends are
For an odd number of storeys, we have to apply a twist that is an
odd multiple of 90 degrees
to achieve proper closure. With seven stories and with a 90 degree
twist this results in:
"Hyperbolic Heptagon" by Brent Collins
(Inspired by a discussion with Carlo Séquin)
Generalization of the Concept
There seems to be a large domain, rich with interesting
configurations of such saddle surfaces.
To aid in the exploration of these various shapes, Carlo Séquin and
created a special purpose computer program, called the
This interactive tool can create many different shapes in just a few
The first shape shown
is the result of a search for a minimal Scherk toroid
with only 3 stories and with a 270 degree twist.
And here is yet another variant of
Brent independently also looked for such a minimal toroid first
found the following solution
shown from the front and the back:
Stimulated by pictures of Séquin's front-to-back symmetrical
Collins then also created this second version of the trefoil
The two solutions are mainly different in the choice of the
Collins' and Séquin's solution differ mostly in the size of the
or in stereo:
The first major result of our collaboration
The first joint sculpture built from Carlo Séquin's computer blue
Subsequent Work by Brent Collins
_ - - -
"Pax Mundi", a swept C-section on the surface of a
sphere - - -
and some variations of this basic concept by Carlo Séquin.
by Carlo H. Séquin
BC -- recent collaborative work
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