The Treasure, Unveiled!
So the truth is out there. The eagle-eyed of you will know now what it is you’re playing for. If you were one of the 700 or so who applied for a unique postcard - and got one - then you were part of a sensational team who successfully deciphered the approximate shape of the prize through collaboration on Facebook and revealed it’s shape before we did. Each postcard was a thin planview slice of the shape, each with a unique code.
Working together the team assembled them in the correct order, worked around the gaps and came up with a few 3D models which were really very close to the real thing. A seriously clever bunch. The real thing revealed on BBC News magazine this morning (27th July) is totally unique designed by Californian sculpter Bathsheba Grossman, known for her mathematcial sculptures.
She attended Yale University studying Mathematics and Pennsylvania studying Fine Art – so you can see where she was going.
We asked her to describe the prize. This is what she said about this completely unique prize:
“This is a composition of the Platonic solids, the five polyhedra whose faces are all identical. They're fundamental to understanding order and symmetry in 3D space, and also dripping with golden ratios.
“They're arranged in three concentric spherical shells. The outer hull, the most complex, is the dodecahedron (bronze) and icosahedron (silver). The solids are in dual position, showing that they have the same symmetry, and sized so their vertices all lie on the same sphere. The second hull is the cube (bronze) and octahedron (silver), arranged likewise. And the innermost is two tetrahedra, one in each metal, showing that this four-sided solid is self-dual. This makes it twice as excellent as any other Platonic solid.”
She certainly thought it through.
The prize sits on a hexagonal black granite base which will feature a lasered inscription of the winner’s name and the BBC and The Code logos.
Will your name be on it?
And here’s the best bit. The bronze/steel composite has been fabricated using the latest 3D-printing techniques, while the silver has been cast from 3D prints using the ancient lost-wax process, which dates back to pre-history The combination of ancient and modern technology is relevant to The Code. Mathematics is established in old trusted principles and processes while constantly adapting and changing with new ideas and discoveries. The Code Prize represents that.
We hope that the winner will love this prize as much as we loved commissioning and making it.