The Advanced Geometries Department of Studio Olafur Eliasson explores geometric, physical and natural phenomena in order to develop concepts and ideas for works of art.
Five layers of progressively more complex polyhedrons form the framework structure of the Dandelion Sphere. The core is a Cube, and the framework expands exponentially from one layer to the next, ending in the outermost layer composed by a Truncated Icosidodecahedron. This prototype is part of a much broader geometrical research related to nodes classification. An algorithm was developed to recognise all different sets of identical nodes inside a generic wireframe and to automatically generate the tridimensional joint connectors required to construct the structure. The process is able to identify and group the different nodes also taking in consideration the possibility of their chiral pairs.