Buil II

Hideki Kimura

About the Print

The iconic Flatiron Building in Lower Manhattan was built on a  triangular plot of land and assumed that shape to maximize  the use of available space. In construction, the 90-degree  angle is absolutely essential for stability—any deviation from  it requires adjustments for balance and weight distribution. It  also offers interesting design opportunities, as architects  sometimes create problems or challenges intentionally as  part of the design process. Resolving these self-created  problems/challenges will, ultimately, produce a visually and  structurally stronger design. In addition, architects will  respond to the wishes of clients by providing attractive and  innovative designs and construction dynamics using their  creativity, knowledge of advanced mathematics, and new  building materials and systems.

Hideki Kimura

Born October 17, 1948 Kyoto, Japan
Died May 2020 Atlanta, GA
About the Artist

Born in Kyoto, Japan, Hideki Kimura completed both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in oil painting at Kyoto City University of Arts. He then moved to the US in 1988, where he attended the University of Pennsylvania. Kimura returned to Japan in 1995, where he worked as an Associate Professor at Kyoto City University of Arts.

Kimura’s work has been exhibited all over the world in both solo and group shows at institutions such as the International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo; British International Print Biennial in Bradford, United Kingdom; International Print Biennial in Krakow, Poland and The Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Prints in Ferrara, Italy. His work is included in the collections of the National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka; Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo; British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London; National Museum of Art in Warsaw, Poland and The Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Curriculum Connections

Suggested Topics for Algebra I and Geometry

Algebra I:

The resources provided can be used early on in an Algebra class to help students think in multiple dimen- sions. The artworks can be used to demonstrate illusions intended as a design element or to help students imagine space constructed or deconstructed from forms or shapes within a space. The ability to visualize concepts through art can make advanced math more accessible to students early on.


Some may want to use images in the Artura.org library to explore more complex uses of advanced math to create the illusions of space and solve spatial dynamic issues for three-dimensional works such as stand-alone sculpture and site-specific, public artworks. The laying of bricks or ceramic tiles is a skilled craft that can involve creativity and innovation in bricks or tiles are set and many available options in color, design, and texture are used. Sculptors such as Melvin Edwards, Richard Hunt, and John T. Scott have consistently used higher math concepts in the creation of large scale, space-defining public art.

Questions to Consider