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"Bicycle Wreck," by Fielding Brown (Westwood, MA)

45 x 45 x 45 cm, wood & aluminum frame, silvered mylar strings, 2016

My sculptures are Lissajous figures in 3D. This sculpture is in two parts: an outer frame of laminated hardwood and aluminum, and an inner web of strings. The frame is defined by three, simultaneous, parametric equations, time as parameter. The strings are silvered, package-wrap string, space-defined by a commercial graphing calculator program. The web of strings guides the eye to see imaginary lines and surfaces. --- Fielding Brown

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American Mathematical Society