## Meenakshi Mukerji

* “Poinsettia Floral Ball”*

Simple origami paper known as Kami, 2003.

The Poinsettia Floral Ball is based on an underlying icosahedron as well as a
dodecahedron. There are 12 floral faces arranged in a dodecahedral symmetry and
20 triangle-like holes arranged in an icosahedral symmetry. Each of the 30 units
that comprise the model can be imagined to be lying along the edges of an icosahedron
with each unit contributing to 2 petals belonging to 2 adjacent flowers.

Meenakshi Mukerji, Software engineer turned origami artist and published author.

"The Poinsettia Floral Ball is origami art with icosahedral/dodecahedral
symmetry and it is the cover model of my recent book Marvelous Modular Origami
published by A K Peters Limited. It is origami in pure form which means there
is no cut or glue. Thirty identical origami units are interlocked together solely
by origami methods to form the models, taking about three hours to make.

The model is a glaring example of how something so mathematical can also be
so visually appealing and hence be of interest to both mathematicians

and artists. A mathematician would ponder the symmetry and the underlying polyhedron
of the model whereas an artist would simply devour the beauty. As an engineer,
the symmetry in polyhedra has never ceased to be of interest to me and hence
all my origami work is based on polyhedra where my math and art skills meet."

http://www.origamee.net

my new book: "Marvelous Modular Origami", ISBN 978-1568813165

**Another work by the artist **

* “Daisy Dodecahedron”*

Holographic craft paper, 2004.

As the name implies, the Daisy Dodecahedron is a dodecahedron with a daisy-like
pattern on each of the twelve faces. The model is made up of thirty units with
each unit lying along an edge of a dodecahedron. The daisy pattern is made of
exposed reverse side of the paper used. Three colors are distributed evenly
in such a way that all three colors meet at each vertex and no two adjacent
edges are of the same color. This color distribution is an interesting and challenging
mathematical problem.