Just filling space
July 17, 2005 8:41 AM   Subscribe

The Spidron is an interesting geometric construction that seems to lend itself to folding, dissection, and space-filling in two and three dimensions.
posted by Wolfdog (9 comments total)
The artist's Hungarian page has more illustrations and links to collaborators as well as attempted connection to number theory. (There's some explanation in English near the bottom of that page and also some particularly nice tilings.)
posted by Wolfdog at 8:43 AM on July 17, 2005

Nice find. When I read things like this I can never tell. Is the author just exploring an interesting concept, or are they a crank who's about to tell us his theory of everything?
Fools know not Nature's Spidronic Creation.
Children are sacrificed to deified hoax.
God image is womanless queer likeness.
No god equals harmonic 4 daycreation.
Humans exist as SPIDRONICS, not entities,
for the 4 corner stages of rotating human
metamorphosis do not occur at the same time
for the individual - except for family Spidron.
On second thought, I prefer to think the spidron guy is just enjoying making cool things out of paper.
posted by Nelson at 8:55 AM on July 17, 2005

He introduces himself and his educational background in this PDF. He was a student of Erno Rubik, among others.
posted by Wolfdog at 9:04 AM on July 17, 2005

Nicely designed site.

Did he attempt to create any of his structures out of paper? All I see are 3d renderings.
posted by FissionChips at 9:17 AM on July 17, 2005

Very groovy. Thanks, Wolfdog.
posted by gleuschk at 9:22 AM on July 17, 2005

Wolfdog, that is a wonderful site! Each folding is beautiful and reminds me of so many other things, brain coral, geometric rosebuds, asteroids, mineral formations like cerusite or malachite. It's interesting to think how these geometrical forms inspired and haunted this thinker over so many years.

Others have created similar tessellations, even 3-D origami ones. But I'm particularly fond of spiral formations and that would be hard to achieve by folding geometrically; spiral polyhedrons is, I suppose, how he made the name spidron? What a neat combination of science and art. thanks for the link.
posted by nickyskye at 10:25 AM on July 17, 2005

M. C. Escher covered all of this. He may not have called this figure a Spidron, yet it surely is something he figured out at some point, published or not.

IMHO, this looks like the work of someone who spent a great deal of time looking at Escher sketches, trying to improve upon his already cemented concepts.

Figure 2. (Tilings), Is an obvious example of plane tessellations. In this case using a series of rather simple isosceles triangles, rather than polygons that mirror something of an animate nature.

I'd like to see this guy work with circles, that's where the glory lies...
posted by bud_fles at 11:39 AM on July 17, 2005

FissionChips: Yeah, check the PDF.
posted by abcde at 1:15 PM on July 17, 2005


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posted by loquacious at 3:18 PM on July 17, 2005

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