Computer Science and Sculpture
George Hart
SUNY Stony Brook
January 13, 2005
12:40 pm - 1:40pm
Olin 110

George W. Hart will show slides of some of his mathematically informed sculpture, which is designed or built with the aid of computers. These include works made of metal, wood, acrylic, paper, CDROMs, floppy disks, forks, knives, spoons, etc. Also shown will be brief videos of the assembly of three recent commissions: a six-foot sculpture constructed from 642 CDROMs in the Computer Science building at U.C. Berkeley, a five-foot sculpture constructed at a community "barn raising" event at the Northport Public Library, and a "Salamanders" sculpture assembled by a group of students when he was artist in residence at MIT last year. The mathematics and algorithms underlying some of these works will be sketched. For examples of Hart's work, see

Following the talk, there will be a workshop on

Geometric Sculpture Construction

We will assemble (and then disassemble) a four-foot diameter wooden sculpture. The form is composed of sixty identical cartoon-like plywood "people". Precisely designed lengths and angles ensure that the parts fit exactly together while weaving in and out through each other in three dimensions. Then the participants will make a colorful paper construction which they can take home. The sculpture can be seen at

Lunch will be provided in Steinmetz 209 at noon.