Designing Skeletal Polyhedral Sculptures Inspired by Octet-Truss Systems and Structural Inorganic Chemistry with Bugle Beads

Chia-Chin Tsoo and Bih-Yaw Jin
Proceedings of Bridges 2017: Mathematics, Art, Music, Architecture, Education, Culture
Pages 483–486 Short Papers


We employ tubular bugle beads to construct aesthetically pleasing skeletal polyhedral sculptures which may contain nodes with connectivity or coordination number up to twelve. These sculptures can also represent physical models of nanoscale inorganic structures or octet-truss lattice structures. Starting from a few convex deltahedra as fundamental building units, a wide range of skeletal structures inspired by the nanoscale world can be built by using the standard angle weave technique.