Erik and Martin Demaine - Folded Paper Sculptures

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Erik and Martin Demaine are a father and son who collaborate on mathematically derived curved and folded paper sculptures. Their work pictured above reminds me of the image I recently posted of a sculpture produced by a student of Josef Albers during a class in the 50s.

Martin is a mathematician and artist and residence at MIT where his son Erik is a professor of Computer Science and wrote his thesis on “computational origami”. More info on there work can be found on Erik’s website.

Sliotars Dating back to the 12th Century


These Sliotars above are from a new exhibit Hair hurling balls: Earliest artefacts of our national game, at  National Museum of Ireland – Country Life in Castlebar. The earliest was made in the second half of the twelfth century.

The balls are made from matted cow hair with a plaited horsehair covering.  The National Museum of Ireland claim there is a link between the name 'sliotar' and the Irish word ‘liotar’, meaning ‘hair’.


Via Meath Chronicle and Nótaí Imill

Woven Silver Cone from 10th Century Dublin

There are three separate strands of silver, each composed of between 15 and 18 wires. Yet, Halpin says, it is very hard to find where all these wires end. The visual effect is that of a single thread turning endlessly around itself. There are traces of some kind of organic material inside the cone, probably a wax shape around which the wires were woven. The visual imagination and the physical deftness required to do so are of the highest order.

This artefact is housed in the National Museum of Ireland and the text and image above come from the Irish Times' History of Ireland in 100 objects

Documentary About 8th Century Book Found in a Bog

Treasure from the Bog is an RTE documentary about the Faddan More Psalter. The book is described as:

a fragmented illuminated vellum manuscript encased in an unusual leather binding, a book of psalms dating back to the late eighth century. This unprecedented find, the first manuscript to be found in a water-logged state in a bog, posed unique and profound difficulties for the Conservation Department at the National Museum.

The image above is a screen grab from the documentary showing scraps of words recovered form the book. Larger sections of the book were also recovered including full pages and the cover which was lined with the only piece of papyrus ever discovered in Ireland.

Gerd Rohling


The chemical component in PVC that does not decompose in the consumer society's throw-away goods, as well as a deep fascination with rubbish, led Gerd Rohling to refine things he found on the beach and create precious imitation glasses.

There's a big collection of these currently on show at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin.

Urban Objects

Here is a sculpture called Grub by Aaron Kramer. It is made of used coffee stirrers (top) and used bristles from street sweeping brushes (bottom) woven on a steel armature. I was particularly interested in this work because I have been collecting bristles from street sweeping brushes that have come loose and scattered on the street. Aaron gets his bristles from a company who replace the bristles on worn out brushes.

Here is some of his work on the Packer Schopf Gallery website.

Here is his own website.