Cut Colored Paper Sculptures of 3D Contour Plots of the Real and Imaginary Parts of Complex Functions

Caroline Bowen
Proceedings of Bridges 2017: Mathematics, Art, Music, Architecture, Education, Culture
Pages 375–378 Short Papers


I have created a series of sculptures depicting 3D contour plots of the real and imaginary parts of complex functions made from die-cut colored cardstock, acrylic rods, and acrylic spacers. The graphs were plotted as 2D contour plots in Mathematica, formatted for cutting in Adobe Illustrator, cut from colored scrapbooking paper using a Cameo Silhouette paper-cutting machine, and assembled. They evolved from a previous project, creating cutout concertina cards illustrating MacLaurin series and special functions.