Now Completed, Mosely Snowflake Fractal to Be Unveiled Sept. 20
Last week in Doheny Memorial Library, the Mosely Snowflake Fractal took physical form for perhaps the first time ever. Built by hundreds of USC students, faculty, and staff out of 49,000 folded business cards, the giant origami fractal measures six feet cubed and weighs more than 100 pounds.
The USC Libraries will unveil the finished model in a reception on September 20 in Doheny Library's first-floor entrance pavilion. An exhibition about fractals, origami, and the months-long effort to build the model will accompany the finished artwork. Among the items on display will be a volume of Euclid's Elements that inspired the cardinal-and-gold patterns in the fractal's paneling, hand-drawn conceptual sketches of the model, and books that reveal fractal patterns in other art works.
The fractal—the Mosely Snowflake—takes its name from engineer and accomplished origami artist Jeannine Mosely, who discovered its form and designed the construction process. The collaborative community art project that brought the mathematical shape into physical form is part of the USC Libraries Discovery Fellowship 2011-2012 programming curated by Discovery Fellow Margaret Wertheim.