01-21- Rhodonite #7.

Rhodonite in the sand.

Last rhodonite this week. I started the unit structure as a 7 sided polyhedron (heptahedron) because of its intriguing shape. I left the atoms as they appeared in W. Peacor’s database. 

52 grains of sand  


01-20- Rhodonite #6.

Thinking out of the box.

The lower cube is an outline of the shell enclosing a single Rhodonite atomic structure.

The floating spheres are a projection of the “ball-and-stick” pattern from

the W. Nelson and D. Griffen database descriptive.

52 grains of sand


01-15 – Rhodonite #1,

The Rhodonite will the third crystal of this 52 weeks exploration of the geometry of nature.

Rhodonite is part of the triclinic family. It’s a rare mineral found in a few small deposits across the world. Some say it helps bring one back to center during stressful times – good segue after a week of zirconium irradiation! The lore said it was first spotted in Russia where eagles use it to feather their nest. The Mayakovskaya Station in the Moscow metro has over 80 square meters of columns with rhodonite inlay. Did the mineral structure inspire the Futurists too?

Technical database by P. Leverett, P. Williams & D. Hibbs. 16 atoms, 16 bonds, 3 polyhedra.