Sunday, 27 May 2012


The Surrey Quays library opened recently with the all the fanfare that a library usually gets. None really. It had an opening and I didn't go and a few weeks later I went to see what my lovely partner was so excited about. ... You guessed it books.

Now you would think I would have searched out the new crafting sections and found all the
best origami books but no. I am much more basic than that. Comics. I am currently absorbing Robert Crumb's Book of Genesis and it is lovely. It however is not representative of the wonder of this new collection of comic wealth. There are series. I mean all of Swamp Thing, Sandman, Hellboy,Bbatman - killing joke, Lone Wolf and Cub, 20th Century Boys... and all of Akira.

At work I overheard a conversation about geodesic domes. ( Don't worry, this is still relevant.) I like the mathematics of geodesic domes. I like the fact that they are based upon the structural principal of spheres and I really like that they use the basic selection principal of the platonic solids. That all points on the shape correspond with points on the surface of a sphere. The arch is based upon this principal was later given another dimension by Walther Bauersfield and reinvented later again by Buckminster Fuller. At least that is what Wikipedia tells me.

This reminded me of my platonic solids and the annoying fact that I could never fully resolve the excess paper from the spare sides of the shapes except the tetrahedron. I remade the icosahedron and realised I liked the excess paper as a swirl. Like the Kawasaki rose but not as stable or as regular.

This blog only lets me publish 5 images at a time so I will post Akira 2 shortly.

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