Islamic 12-Pointed Star
Islamic 12-Pointed Star
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Islamic 12-Pointed Star

2013
7″ x 7″ x 7″
3D Printed Composite

This 12-pointed star shape is formed by a cluster of 12 zonohedra generated from the vertex directions of the dodecahedron. I then decorated the surfaces of the star with an Islamic geometric star pattern based on five- and ten-fold symmetries.

Since the rhombi that form the faces of the star are not made up of angles like 36 or 72 degrees (as many people assume), the pattern had to be subtly adjusted to fit the surface, but the distortions are small enough not to be apparent - a common technique in traditional Islamic geometric constructions.

Once the piece was designed, I created it using a 3D printer that prints in full color using a plaster-based composite. Hence the colors are inherently part of the object, not applied afterwards.