Three-Dimensional Generalizations of the Triskele

Jacques Beck, Françoise Beck-Pieterhons and Samuel Verbiese
Proceedings of Bridges 2013: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2013)
Pages 477–478 Short Papers


The Triskele is a familiar, traditional, 3-armed Celtic design motif, related to meanders and labyrinths. Its sym- metry consists of a 3-fold axis of rotation without mirror reflection and so it comes in left-hand and right-hand forms. We present work in progress focused on creating sculptural forms inspired by the triskele, but elegantly distorted into 3D and no longer necessarily symmetrically. Wood, wire, clay and Zometool investigation models are discussed and illustrated.