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September 08, 2006

TO DO in L.A. Sunday night: Check out the Menger sponge

Photo of the Menger sponge model at Machine Project

If you're looking for the perfect way to cap off your weekend in L.A., why not pop over to Machine Project and check out the giant Menger sponge made entirely from business cards? I know, that sounds like going to see the world's largest ball of twine or something, but the Menger sponge is one of the easiest to understand...yet most mind-blowing...shapes in all of fractal geometry. As it gets more and more detailed the sponge's volume gets closer and closer to zero while at the same time its surface area approaches infinity.

This sponge isn't infinite, but it sure is a whopper. It took volunteers nine years to build it, out of more than 66,000 business cards, and it weighs 150 pounds. This Sunday night Dr. Jeannine Mosely, the woman who organized the build, talks about the science of the Menger sponge, and about the crazy hobby fanaticism of trying to build one. The talk begins at 8 PM, but you may want to get there early (since a large part of the smallish gallery space is taken up by the Sponge of Honor.

Machine Project is located at:
1200 D North Alvarado Street (by Sunset)
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at September 8, 2006 12:30 AM