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On my recent visit to Hong Kong, I spotted this glass sculpture which is possibly the largest Yoshimura pattern ever built (familiar to those who study cylindrical shell buckling). It's in the new exhibition centre on Hong Kong Island (video courtesy of Dr Arthur England of the University of Nottingham).

Yoshimura pattern 1
Still image (JPEG)

Yoshimura pattern 2
Movie clip (MPEG)
(includes a human for scale).

Yoshimura pattern 3
A Yoshimura pattern folded
from a flat piece of card.

Written by Khurram Wadee
Mon Mar 29 14:49:29 BST 2004

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