George Hart

Research Professor
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York, USA
As a sculptor of constructive geometric forms, my work deals with patterns and relationships derived from classical ideals of balance and symmetry. Mathematical yet organic, these abstract forms invite the viewer to partake of the geometric aesthetic.
Alpha Centauri
32 x 18 x 18 cm
wood, with brass support
Alpha Centauri is a tabletop sculpture made of laser-cut Baltic Birch plywood. It is a miniature of a 1.5 meter version at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, which I made when I was Scholar in Residence there in April 2016. (I also made a 1 meter prototype, which is at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, MA.) The design consists of sixty components in six different shapes, all affinely related, meaning they can be stretched linearly to become congruent to each other. They lie in pairs in thirty planes---the planes of a rhombic triacontahedron which has been compressed by a factor of 1/2 along a three-fold axis.