Symbolic Sculpture

by Nicholas Mee on January 17, 2013

Some years ago I worked with the sculptor John Robinson to create a series of virtual realizations of his abstract geometrical sculptures. The result was a collection of stunning ray-traced animations called Symbolic Sculpture. I have included a few of these animations here.

The first shows a polyhedron called Pulse.



The polyhedron is closely related to the truncated icosahedron, which has 12 pentagonal faces and 20 hexagonal faces.




The next sculpture is called Genesis. It consists of three interlocking rhombuses. They are linked together in the same way as the Borromean rings, so that no two are linked, but the three rhombus rings cannot be separated. (If one were removed the other two would come apart.)







The third sculpture is called Immortality. It is a mobius strip that has been twisted into a trefoil knot. A frame from this animationĀ is reproduced in John Barrow’s book Cosmic Imagery: Key Images in the History of Science. John Barrow also used the image to open his 2009 Faraday Lecture: Every Picture Tells a Story, at the Royal Society.




Further Information

There is a short video about the Immortality animation here: Immortality on The Cosmic Mystery Tour YouTube Channel. Please don’t forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel.


Symbolic Sculpture CD-ROM by Nicholas Mee and John Robinson

Art and Mathematics CD-ROM by Nicholas Mee


{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

mike January 17, 2013 at 7:37 pm



bill January 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Mike….You said it all in one word. COOL


Virginia January 18, 2013 at 7:57 am

Visually fascinating and beautiful, conceptually inspiring, structurally ingenious and intriguing.


Susan Hebert January 18, 2013 at 9:56 am

These are absolutely stunning keep up the good work!


ashok ghai January 18, 2013 at 10:09 am

fascinating and educative


Nigel Turner January 18, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Fabulous graphics…read his book…it is fascinating and although Dr Mee takes us into the deep waters of his subject, we never drown.


Tom Peace January 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Nicholas has discovered the language of the Universe and communicates with God. Beautiful!


Chuck Ivie January 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm

This is beautiful work. How about something from either the Mandelbrot or Julia sets? They are amazing and lend themselves to artistic expression.


Nicholas Mee January 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Dear Chuck
Thank you for your comment. I have done some Mandelbrot set and Julia set animations. They are in the Fractals section of my Art and Mathematics CD-ROM. You can find out more here:
Best Wishes,


ABHIMANYU MOHANTA January 18, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Dear Sir,
Thank you for providing three symbolic sculptures, viz. Genesis, Pulse and Immortality. Really, GENESIS of PULSE is itself a cause of IMMORTALITY.
Yours sincerely,
Dr Abhimanyu Mohanta,M.Sc.,M.Phil.,Ph.D.


Chuck Ivie January 18, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Thanks Nick. That is some amazing artwork. I will be ordering the CD.
By the way, a personal friend is a cardio vascular surgeon. He is very interested in my work in cosmology and quantum physics but does not have the math background to deal with some of the more esoteric aspects of the field. Your book on the Higgs does a wonderful job of explaining the subjects without a lot of difficult math. I recommended it to him and he ordered it for his Kindle. I talked to him last night, he said “I can’t put this down”. It really is a very nice piece of work. Thanks again.
By the way, I am looking into the possible relationship between quantum foam and dark energy. I would like your thoughts on the matter. If QF particles appear as conjugate pairs with positive and negative space time curvature the mass of vacuum would remain zero. On the other hand it would seem that these particles exist at the quark level so their mass is likely to be indeterminate. Considering the results of various experiments to detect and measure the “Casimir effect” it is pretty clear that something is there. Because of the relationship between the Higgs and Newtonian mass I think quantum foam plays a role. I am still reading your book so maybe you have covered this in later chapters but if not I would like to hear your thinking on the subject.
Thanks again


Rick January 19, 2013 at 4:08 am

absolutely incredible !!!!

I am an old geezer …retired on fixed income.. very little $$ for my nerdy interests.

Therefore, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your emails

I’m trying to cough up for your book…KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !!!!!


Swapan Sur January 19, 2013 at 6:39 am

Dancing beauty – Meecreation, not God’s!


Cauvery January 19, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Simply superb!


Aditya Thakur January 20, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Dear Sir,
I don’t know, what should I comment on your works. It’s like fresh air to me. No word to
express my gratitude. Waiting for your next marvel.

Yours sincerely,
Aditya Thakur


Dipak Deb January 21, 2013 at 2:47 am

Ahh! Beautiful ! Never thought along this line !Give me more , before the appetite dies .
Thanks Nicholas
Dipak .


Gertruida January 22, 2013 at 3:02 am


Incredibly soothing to look at those beautiful sculptures


sugat February 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm

This amazing gift of nature for us. We come closer to it.


PV Manoranjan Rao November 26, 2018 at 5:42 am

The images are as beautiful as they are mystifying. Is there a way to make them as wall papers?
Best regards,


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