Geometry Ascending a Staircase

George Hart
Proceedings of Bridges 2014: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2014)
Pages 135–142 Regular Papers


A large metal sculpture, consisting of four orbs, commissioned for the stairway atrium of the Fitzpatrick CIEMAS Engineering Building at Duke University embodies the important idea that Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Art are closely connected. Made from hundreds of pounds of powder-coated, laser-cut aluminum, with an underlying geometric design, it was assembled at a four-hour “sculpture barn raising” open to the entire academic community. Titled “Geometry Ascending a Staircase,” this project illustrates how STEM education efforts can be extended to the growing movement of STEAM, which puts the Arts into STEM education.