Molecular Geometry

Day 2 in Perth for PICA Hatched Prize, went for a walk and came across this artwork;

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Permanent public artwork: ALBERT FACEY HOUSE – Perth. WA. AustraliaLED strips, Delrin plastic, brass ball bearings, audio connectors, aluminum, vynal, 12 volt power supply and ac Motor and gearbox800 x 800 x 1500mm (LxWxH)

Carbon Sun. 2012 is an allegorical sun; a tetrahedric structure suspended within a phase of historic utopian allotropes.*

The geo-synthetic-sun-structure ‘CARBON SUN. 2012’ is an illuminated wire-frame diamond structure with a cuboctahedron at its centre. It employs the tetrahedric geometry of the Carbon atom to create an allegorical sun. This infinitely expandable Isotropic Vector Matrix System consists of forty-four internally illuminated plastic tubes; linked together by fifteen plastic facetted nodes. The tubes are Delrin plastic, wrapped in UV treated coloured vinyl and illuminated by a 12 volt 800 lumen LED lighting system. Inside each Delrin node is a spherical brass electrical conducting core, which supplies power through out the sculpture. The work is suspended from a stainless steel support tube that rotates a single revolution every 24 minutes.

via the artist’s website 

 

 

** Allotropy or allotropism (from Greek ἄλλος (allos), meaning “other”, and τρόπος (tropos), meaning “manner, form”) is the property of some chemical elements to exist in two or more different forms, in the same physical state, known as allotropes of these elements.

Related topics
One of his [Buckminsterfullerene] designs of a geodesic dome structure bears great resemblance to C ; as a result, the discoverers of the allotrope named the newfound molecule after him. Wikipedia
Many nonmetals have less stable allotropes, with either nonmetallic or metallic properties. Wikipedia
ExploreNonmetal
Polymorphism can potentially be found in any crystalline material including polymers, minerals, and metals, and is related to allotropy, which refers to chemical elements. Wikipedia

 

 

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