SPICE Art-Ball
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Ball of Nations 2002:
Seoul, Korea

Ball of Nations 2006:
Hanover, Germany

SPICE Art Ball

Poznan, Poland
St. Louis, USA
Shanghai, China
Vilnius, Lithuania
Poznan, Poland
Riga, Latvia
Costa des Sol, DR
Skopje/Ohrid, Macedonia
Bangkok, Thailand
Berlin, Germany
Bishkek/Issy-Kul, Kyrgyzstan
Kansas City, USA
Gdynia, Poland
St. Petersburg, Russia
Petrozavodsk, Russia
Vilnius, Lithuania
Stockholm, Sweden
Martonvársár, Hungary
Riga, Latvia
Tallinn, Estonia
Riga, Latvia

Innovation Art Ball Dominican Republic

Costa des Sol, DR

Summer Ball

Ventschau, Germany
German GAMEmuseum
  The SPICE Art Ball

Poznan, Poland - before any of the 15th Anniversary SPICE Meetings
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To develop the raw Art Ball turned out to be more difficult than expected. The initial simple idea was to "copy" the Ball of Nations and add a few more pentagons or hexagons for allowing space for all member countries. However, to make the pentagons and hexagons just smaller and thereby add more of those for providing sufficient spaces for all SPICE member countries did not work. We had to learn that Archimedes and Plato already began to work on this issue and later generations of mathematicians devoted much time on the question how to divide a ball into (equal or similar) geometrical parts.

Finally, after much discussion and investigations colleagues of Larisa Brovarska in Poznan Science and Technology Park came up with the solution: An Art ball divided in triangles and squares. A Snub Cube as professionals call it. However, this was just the mathematical part of the work. Next step was finding the right material. Wood - the material of the Ball of Nations could not be used because customs regulations in a number of countries do not allow importing this material easily. First tries with plastic material resulted in a ball too heavy for transportation as flight luggage. Finally a special plastic material light and stable enough and not too heavy was identified. After further investigations regarding the possibilities to cut the material and to drill the needed holes production could begin. And finally a test for the procedure to assemble the art ball was made. The art work could begin...

The following pictures give an impression how the raw SPICE Art Ball 2006 began to exist.

The Snub Cube Cutting scheme Sketch triangle layout
Assembling the SPICE Art Ball 2006 the first time

St. Louis, USA


Ball of Nations 2002 - Seoul
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