Hypercube

Designed and built between 1995 – ’96, the Hypercube began as a thought experiment – the idea of a cube within a cube, which could be created by the simple design of six equal pyramids, aligned concavely with each apex subtracted, resulting in a second, central negative-space cube.

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Prior to this I had been tinkering with light and mirrors, constructing simple machines that would spin various mirrored apparatuses. So the Hypercube became a project in which I wanted to create the cube on a large scale and spin it on at least two axes.

I enlisted the help of a engineering-minded friend. We brain stormed ideas for how to spin the cube on one, two, and even three axes. We settled on a two axis solution, deeming three too complicated and costly for us.

The bulk of the work was put into the free standing steel support frame, which had to be heavy enough to hold the cube and motor, and not tip over while in operation.

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The cube itself was puzzled together from three pieces of sheet metal – cut, bent and welded together with tabs to connect at the top and bottom of an interior aluminum frame. The mirroring required 24 separate pieces.

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Everything we needed – bushings, gears, rods, chain, bolts, etc. – was recycled from discarded parts. A single motor turns the inner frame and a chain drive on typewriter gears to rotate the cube.

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SM

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