52 folded 9” paper plate circles, 13”x13”x13”, 2008.
Forty circles have been folded, reformed to an in/out variation of a truncated tetrahedron, then octahedronally joined in pairs, and arranged in an icosahedron pattern. This revealed an interesting form of the icosadodecahedron with open pentagon stars. In this case twelve circles were reformed and added to suggest mouth-like openings found in sea anemones or in opening flower buds. This gives function to the open pentagons. Much of what I explore with folding circles are the structural functions of geometry found in life forms that correlate to the movement forms of the folded circle.
Bradford Hansen-Smith, independent consultant, geometer, author, sculptor,. Chicago IL, USA
"I fold paper plate circles, exploring the nature of the circle, and the kinds of information and reformations that can be generated through a principled and systematic process of folding and joining. The comprehensive nature of the circle demonstrates a richness of information not found in any other shape or form. We do not fold circles and there is nothing in drawing and constructing the image that gives any indication of what can be generated by simply folding the circle to itself, reconfiguring, and joining in multiples. There is no cutting or measuring, only proportional folding. The circle is simultaneously Whole and part as no other shape or form can demonstrate. I have taken on as my job folding circles to explore the information and modeling possibilities that are inherent, and to document my findings, making information available on this process that I call Wholemovement."