Competition: artworks inspired by maths

2019-03-28 06:01
As they prepare for Nelson Mandela University’s national Math-Art competition, DF Malherbe Grade 11 pupils Bjorn Futter and Simoné Gous take a look at last year’s entries for inspiration.Photo:SUPPLIED

As they prepare for Nelson Mandela University’s national Math-Art competition, DF Malherbe Grade 11 pupils Bjorn Futter and Simoné Gous take a look at last year’s entries for inspiration.Photo:SUPPLIED

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WHETHER you are surrounded by towering skyscrapers on a bustling city street, or contemplating the intricate design of a tiny flower, one thing is clear: mathematically-precise shapes, angles and patterns are everywhere.

To encourage learners to recognize mathematics in the world around them and bring it to life, the Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre (GMMDC) at Nelson Mandela University is running its second annual Math-Art Competition, where entrants must submit artworks inspired by mathematics.

The competition – which was launched and run in the Eastern Cape last year – has been extended to include all provinces, thanks to strong partnerships with various educational institutions and associations.

The unique competition is open to learners from Grade 8 to 12, who can choose between two categories – mathematics in man-made designs, or nature. Any visual medium, including photography, drawing, painting, collage or mixed media can be used.

Man-made or nature

“In the man-made category, we are looking for mathematics in designs created by humans. Here they can interpret the theme of art and maths in everyday objects such as buildings, bridges, vehicles, logos, cultural symbols, decorations, and many more,” said GMMDC competition coordinator Carine Steyn.

“In the ‘nature’ category, artworks must explore the relationship between nature and maths, for example, mathematical patterns in flowers, animals or mountains.”

Each participant will also have to provide a written explanation outlining the link between their artworks and maths, by describing which mathematical concept they used, how their artwork links to the selected category, and which sources they used to design their work.

Each submitted artwork must be two-dimensional and A4 to A2 in size, with relief work no more than 2cm high.

The competition closes on May 3rd and prizes include tablets, cell phones and art classes. Top entries will be displayed at public art galleries.

Winners will be announced on May 17, with a prizegiving taking place on May 25.

  • For more information, contact: mathart@mandela.ac.za or watch the promotional video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtKxp8rOr70 (keywords: Math-Art Competition 2019)
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