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"Beloved," by Sharol Nau (Northfield, MN)

25 x 17 x 18 cm, folded book, 2016

I enjoy folding the pages of a book systematically, especially based on a parabola because of an important option of placing the focus anywhere which leads to surprising shapes, arch curves that spring forward as the book opens. 'Beloved' was created by matching incremental points on an edge of the pages to a common point, the focus of a parabola. The collection of folds makes an envelope to the parabola. In this case I decorated a bit by including a focus near the top complementary to one at the bottom of the page. --- Sharol Nau

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American Mathematical Society