Unfolding Humanity is a 12 foot tall, 30 foot wide, 2 ton interactive metal sculpture that calls attention to the tension between technology and humanity. This sculpture was conceived, designed, and built by a large group (80+) of faculty, students, and community volunteers at the University of San Diego (USD). The piece is a dodecahedron whose pentagonal walls unfold under human power, an engineered design that alludes to Albrecht Dürer's 500-year-old unsolved math problem on unfolding polyhedra. When closed, the mirrored interior of the sculpture makes visitors feel as though they are at the center of the universe. The idea for the sculpture began with two USD mathematics professors, they recount their journey elsewhere (Devadoss & Hoffoss, 2019). This narrative focuses on the story of bringing their vision to a reality.
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Hoople, Gordon D.; Parde, Nate; Pratt, Quinn; Platt, Sydney; Sween, Michael; Bellizzi, Ava; Alekseyeva, Viktoriya; Splide, Alex; Cardoza, Nicholas; Salvosa, Christiana; Ortega, Eduardo; and Sampson, Elizabeth
"Unfolding Humanity: Cross-Disciplinary Sculpture Design,"
The STEAM Journal:
2, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/steam/vol3/iss2/6