According to the stats machines at Flickr, this is one of the most interesting photos I’ve ever taken. I am not one to argue with machines — they tend to equivocate and braid sorites and they’re absolutely useless with analogies. I have an old Thinkpad somewhere that believes that a raven and a writing desk are aspects of the same quiddity. Fortunately, one can always turn a machine off. There’s a knockdown argument for you.
It was the reactions of different people from different places to this model that I found interesting. A Brazilian viewer said it looked like a local sweet, teta de nega. An Indian said it looked like modak, a sweet dumpling favored by Lord Ganesha. An Italian saw a meringa, something I think we’d call a macaroon. Obviously, a shape that holds potent cultural associations and one to be explored further.
It was my intention to make an onion shape and it is, kinda sorta. It resembles a flat Italian onion called cipollini. I had been hoping for a more bulbous onion, something like a dome, but the tato-box closure restricts development of the top story. That’s okay, there are other ways to do things.
A man’s itch should exceed his scratch, else what’s a metaphor?
The same model in polypropylene, folded by Jeff Rutzky.
Crease pattern for the 8-Sided Onion.
Crease pattern for the 12-Sided Onion.