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Works by Abby Watt

Benign Orthanc | Boy Surface | Corrupt | Ophidimathophobia | Regel | Twirl
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'Benign Orthanc' by Abby Watt

Benign Orthanc


Abby Watt, 2008
immersive interactive application

Benign Orthanc is a 3D scan of a plaster model in the collection of the Mathematics Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which was scanned as part of The Altgeld Collection Project.

The original eighty year-old physical model is irreplaceable and in need of conservation and restoration efforts. Canchy and the other four models on display in the CANVAS represent efforts to digitally preserve these models.

Benign Orthanc is a visualization of a Cauchy surface, though the description tag on the model reads Canchy. This may be a decades-old typo.

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'Boy Surface' by Abby Watt

Boy Surface


Abby Watt, 2008
immersive interactive application

Boy Surface is a 3D scan of a plaster model in the collection of the Mathematics Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which was scanned as part of The Altgeld Collection Project.

This digital model allows a view of what a 3D scan looks like during the process of creation. Here one can see the different slices that make up the shape, as well as areas which have not yet been added to the model and so show up as holes.

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'Corrupt' by Abby Watt

Corrupt


Abby Watt, 2008
immersive interactive application

Corrupt is a 3D scan of a plaster model in the collection of the Mathematics Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which was scanned as part of The Altgeld Collection Project.

The original Kuen surface model from which Corrupt was scanned is over eighty years and, though well- preserved, quite delicate; a gentle touch and plaster dust falls away. This model also defies being reproduced. As more work is done to perfect the digital model, the data becomes more corrupt and fails to realize the form of the original.

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'Ophidimathophobia' by Abby Watt

Ophidimathophobia


Abby Watt, 2008
immersive interactive application

Ophidimathophobia dresses up various mathematical knots in scales and sets the viewer right in the middle of the mess. This allows the viewer the potential to experience two fears at once--the fear of math and the fear of snakes.

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'Regel' by Abby Watt

Regel


Abby Watt, 2008
immersive interactive application

Regel is a 3D scan of a plaster model in the collection of the Mathematics Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which was scanned as part of The Altgeld Collection Project.

For those who are not mathematicians, mathematical models can be impersonal and mechanical. Through the process of attempting to digitally reproduce the model that led to Regel, it has become apparent that models do, in fact, have personality--there are countless blemishes, scratches and stains obtained over the course of the thing's existence that mark this model as an individual work of art.

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'Twirl' by Abby Watt

Twirl


Abby Watt, 2008
immersive interactive application

Twirl is a 3D scan of a plaster model in the collection of the Mathematics Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which was scanned as part of The Altgeld Collection Project.

This model, like many other mathematical works, invites the comparison to some non-math thing; does this look like an abstract lion? Is that a snail? Surely that must be a mouth. Perhaps some of the beauty of mathematical artwork is the the delight when one discovers that the visualization of some mathematical truth just so happens to be something we recognize.

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