The Art of Geometry Brought to Life

In a culmination of a yearlong endeavor, Ross geometry students are putting on a series of shows in various locations to share their original projects focusing on the intersection between art and mathematics. The students exhibited their artwork, with explanatory posters detailing the processes they used to produce them, at the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center on May 22 and again at LongHouse Reserve on June 6. The exhibits were open to the public, and classes from Ross Lower School took field trips to visit both shows.

The students were inspired by a trip to LongHouse back in November. Many of the exhibits at the unique sculpture garden incorporate geometric principles. For example, the Red Garden invokes an optical illusion to play with the viewer’s sense of perspective, and the Middle Path exploits similarity among three-dimensional pyramids. After the excursion, students began to plan their own art to enter in LongHouse’s Student Annual VI, a competition of creative student entries in multiple media formats.

The pieces created by the students showed off their talent, skill, and ingenuity. Serena Kim presented “Sandalas,” cyclic and dihedral mandalas made from sand. Will Cassou constructed an “Impossible Tribar,” a three-dimensional structure that looks like an impossibly twisted triangle when viewed from the correct angle. Malik Basnight and Noah Sutter focused on the geometric principles of origami with “Kusudama Bouquet” and “Birds on a Wire,” respectively. Katie Morgan expressed mathematical concepts through painting, with “Compass-ion,” a series of paintings created using compass and straightedge constructions.

These works and many others will be on display once more in the Ross Art Gallery on Monday, June 17, from 8:45–10am, which is their last stop prior to being entered in the LongHouse Student Annual VI. The competition will take place June 18 from 4–6pm at the Reserve.