Bathsheba Sculptures

mini_120cell.jpgApparently these sculptures had some recent publicity in Discover magazine, and prior to that pretty much everywhere else, so I’m late to the party, but on the other hand, I probably wouldn’t have found the site if someone hadn’t bookmarked it on del.icio.us after reading about it elsewhere.
Bathsheba Grossman makes sculptures based on mathematical shapes. One of the techniques used is 3D printing, and there’s even an explanation on the site about how that works.
But wait, there’s more! Aside from the metal math structures there are also some “science crystals”, made by etching 3D images into glass blocks. For example, there’s a hemoglobin structure, taken from the Protein Data Bank (PDB) and etched into glass. I especially love that the description page mentions the biological function of hemoglobin, some historical background, the exact PDB structure used, and even credits the group that solved that structure.