A Ukrainian Easter Egg Monument Stands for Thirty Years

Robert McDermott
Renaissance Banff: Mathematics, Music, Art, Culture (2005)
Pages 109–116


Modeling a physical structure with a computer was a considerable challenge in the early 1970’s, since software for the modeling needed to be written from scratch. A smooth continuous surface for the structure needed to be defined and designed to look like a chicken egg. Corner-connected equilateral triangles needed to be positioned using this surface. Six of these corner-connected equilateral triangles determined a four triangle pieces for the monument. Each piece of the monument was engraved with an encoding for its position in the monument and its coloring. Pieces were transported to Vegreville, Alberta, Canada and the monument was assembled. The monument has been standing for over thirty years.