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.
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.
Suggested Topics for Algebra I and Geometry
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.