Geometric Model by A. Harry Wheeler, Stellated Icosahedron

Geometric Model by A. Harry Wheeler, Stellated Icosahedron

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This model has an underlying net of sixty transparent plastic quadrilaterals, arranged in groups of three. In the gaps between these quadrilaterals are twelve groups of five paper irregular quadrilaterals. Attached to the back of each of these paper quadrilaterals is a paper triangle. The triangles overlap with the plastic quadrilaterals to transform them into irregular hexagons. Hence, ignoring differences in materials, the faces of this surface are sixty irregular quadrliaterals and sixty irregular hexagons.
A tag on the model reads: 424 (/) IC. Another mark reads: Sept 19-32.
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Object Name
Geometric Model
date made
1932 09 19
Wheeler, Albert Harry
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Worcester
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
tan (overall color)
green (overall color)
cut and glued (overall production method/technique)
average spatial: 7.5 cm x 8.4 cm x 8 cm; 2 15/16 in x 3 5/16 in x 3 5/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Helen M. Wheeler
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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