News: Math Craft Inspiration of the Week: The Mathematical Lego Sculptures of Andrew Lipson

Math Craft Inspiration of the Week: The Mathematical Lego Sculptures of Andrew Lipson

Andrew Lipson builds sculptures based off of Mathematical objects using standard Lego bricks. He has built models of knots, Mobius strips, Klein bottles, Tori, Hoberman spheres (using Lego technic pieces), and recreations of M.C. Escher works.  

Below are a few images and brief descriptions of his amazing work.

Figure 8 knot:

Math Craft Inspiration of the Week: The Mathematical Lego Sculptures of Andrew Lipson

Mobius Strip:

Math Craft Inspiration of the Week: The Mathematical Lego Sculptures of Andrew Lipson

Another Mobius strip with Lego men walking on one side of it—the only side!

Math Craft Inspiration of the Week: The Mathematical Lego Sculptures of Andrew Lipson

Klein bottle (The 2d equivalent of the Mobius Strip with only one surface instead of an inside and outside.  These can only truly exist in 4-dimensions!)

Math Craft Inspiration of the Week: The Mathematical Lego Sculptures of Andrew Lipson

The "inside" of the Klein bottle:

Math Craft Inspiration of the Week: The Mathematical Lego Sculptures of Andrew Lipson

Bour's Minimal Surface:

Math Craft Inspiration of the Week: The Mathematical Lego Sculptures of Andrew Lipson

Recreation of Esher's Ascending and Descending:

Math Craft Inspiration of the Week: The Mathematical Lego Sculptures of Andrew Lipson

Recreation of Escher's Belvedere:

Math Craft Inspiration of the Week: The Mathematical Lego Sculptures of Andrew Lipson

Picture revealing how the optical illusion for Belvedere works:

Math Craft Inspiration of the Week: The Mathematical Lego Sculptures of Andrew Lipson

Andrew has ton's of other models that he has built in lego.  You should check more images and some descriptions of how he built them in Lego section of his website

What do you think of Andrew's Sculptures?  Do they inspire you to build mathematical sculptures or just play with Legos?  Please comment below.

Have a great weekend and if you create any math-related art, please share with all of us on the corkboard. If you find something cool on the web please share that as well.  I hope to share community content in a post on Monday.

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Aha! I found out how the Ascending and Descending works! Check out the upper left corner!

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