Vladimir Bulatov

“Dodecahedron I: Small Stellated Dodecahedron”

Steel & bronze composite. Selective laser sintering technology, 4.5" diameter, 2007.

I was trying to show this well known regular polyhedron the way it is supposed to look from a mathematical point of view. It is 12 pentagram joined along edges, not 12 pyramids glued to faces of dodecahedron. So, I eliminated all intersections of faces which don't form edges.

“Dodecahedron VI: Great Dodecahedron”

Steel & bronze composite. Selective laser sintering technology, 4.0" diameter, 2007.

This is my interpretation of a great dodecahedron. It is a regular polyhedron consisting of 12 regular pentagons joined along sides. All internal intersections were eliminated.

Dr. Vladimir Bulatov, Independent Artist

"My artistic passions are purely mathematical images and sculptures, which express a certain vision of forms and shapes, my interpretations of distance, transformations and space. In my opinion, mathematics is not simply a profession, but rather a way of thinking, a way of life. I have always been intrigued by the possibility of showing the intrinsic richness of the mathematical world, whose charm and harmony can really be appreciated by everyone.

The process of making my sculptures starts from mathematical idea. I build a computer model to represent the idea in 3D world. Applying custom algorithms gives the model nice body and organic look. The selected model is saved in special 3D file format which is sent to printing company who build the real piece. On the final stage I hand polish pieces and burnish them in tumbler with stainless steel shot."


Another work by the artist

“Hexecontahedron I”

Mahogany, rosewood, 13.5" diameter, 2003.

This sculpture is based on polyhedron dual to a common member of continuous family of isogonal polyhedra with rotational symmetry of icosahedron. Snub icosahedron is a particulalyr well known member of this family. Regular icosahedron and dodecahedron also belong to the family.