Dodecahedron (Detail)

Dodecahedron (Detail)

Fire, air, water and earth correspond to the first four platonic solids. The dodecahedron is Plato's fifth element, the element of the heavens. As Plato put it, “God used this solid for the whole universe, embroidering figures on it.” And if the arguments of a paper in  Nature Oct 9th 2003  stand up, Plato will have been proved right. For Jean-Pierre Luminet, of the Paris Observatory, and his colleagues believe that the universe is, indeed, a dodecahedron.

Redwood

2mx2m

2000

Private Collection UK

Dodecahedron

Dodecahedron

'Dodecahedron' at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

 

Redwood

2mx2m

2000

Private Collection UK