Composable art objects are objects consisting of various
pieces that can be assembled in many ways.
The designer of composable art chooses the limits within which
variations are possible, and provides a mechanism by
which different compositions can be made. Once a composition is made,
the composable art object is in some fixed or stable configuration.
- Composable Tapestry: 54 rods of
different lengths, colors, and material that hang horizontally
from each other by hooks.
- Composable Painting: 6 colored panels
with randomly positioned holes through which the panels behind can be
seen. Panels can be inserted and removed, exchanged, and slid sideways.
- Kandinski's Color Shapes: A red square,
a blue circle, and a yellow triangle, each with a few holes, that can be
hung from each other by aligning two holes and inserting a peg.
- GeoMecca: 9 wooden rods of three lengths
and with three colors, each with regularly spaced holes. Rods can be
connected by pegs.
- Matisse's leaves: Wooden pieces that
hang from the ceiling and each other using holes and rings.
- Diago: 20 wooden rods that can be connected
by the logging cabin principle, and which make an arrangement using the
- Diago II: 24 wooden rods, smaller and with
different colors than Diago.
- Nested Squares: 7 squares of consecutively
smaller sizes are nested, and positioned using bent wire.
- Composable Tower and Facade: Many small cubes
and several larger blocks fit over vertical rods to make a tower or a
- Hexa Steps: Ten wooden hexagons and a set
of metal bars can be arranged in structures where the hexagons are
horizontal and the bars are vertical.
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Presentations and papers
Composable Art and Combinatorics.
PowerPoint Presentation given at the Joint ISAMA-Bridges conference
in Granada, Spain, July 2003.
Design of Geometric Puzzles.
PowerPoint Presentation given at the Dutch Computational Geometry
Day in Eindhoven, March 2004.
Composable Art: objects that can be arranged in many
ways. Paper that appeared in the proceedings of the Joint ISAMA-Bridges
conference in Granada, Spain, July 2003.
The search for a cube puzzle. Paper that
appeared in Cubism For Fun 65, 2004.
Information and contact
All ideas, designs, and constructions are by Marc van Kreveld.
The photos are by Marc van Kreveld and Rene van Oostrum.
Email: m.j.vankreveld [curly symbol] uu [point] nl
Marc van Kreveld, August 29, 2012