Douglas Easterly

Professor of Design
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand

References for my artworks are quite ancient; it was through my admiration of Islamic tile design that not only induced journeys to Morocco, Turkey and Andalusia some 20 years ago, but also nurtured an early enthusiasm to investigate the possible incorporation of mathematics into my studio practice. Today I combine ancient techniques such as painting and lost wax bronze casting, with more recent tools, like computer programming and 3D software, to explore various works of art, many of which incorporate mathematics.

20 x 20 x 20 cm

B-612 is a small (20 cm diameter) sculpture cast in bronze. It was first designed using a unique parametric digital process focusing on Voronoi tiling of 3-dimensional forms (mostly relying on the 3D design software Houdini). It was then cast in bronze using the millennia-old process of lost wax bronze casting. The title, B-612, is borrowed from the name of the home planet/asteroid in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince.

Resembling a small planetoid, terraformed with small habitation nodes, the sculpture plays on the idea of planetary habitation, modularity of architecture, and a visual analogy of the global village.