The Helium Stockpile

In collaboration with Erik and Martin Demain, mathematicians and computer scientists at MIT.

This piece includes 1000 poplar blocks hinged in a single continuous pathway that can be folded into a solid mass, or unfolded into a flat field. The pathway is broken into units so that participants can manipulate the blocks. The mathematical formula for the fold was designed by Erik Demaine. The Federal Helium Stockpile located outside Amarillo Texas is a little-known resource owned by U.S. citizens that is intangible and virtually inaccessible.

2004. Wood, hinges, yellow rubber, gloves, text. Dimensions variable.

collaborative text in Leonardo