Minima XL Berlin

The Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery) in Berlin is not only a museum but also an architectural milestone. The last building of the great German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), it is widely considered one of the most perfect statements of his aesthetic, with its monumental steel columns and cantilevered roof with glass enclosure.

As a bold counterpoint, John Beckmann has created the futuristic Minima XL, a large scale outdoor sculpture employing minimal surface geometry.

Artist & Designer John Beckmann

In mathematics, a minimal surface is a surface that locally minimizes its area. This is equivalent to having zero mean curvature.

Physical models of area-minimizing minimal surfaces can be made by dipping a wire frame into a soap solution, forming a soap film, which is a minimal surface whose boundary is the wire frame. The origins of minimal surface theory date back to 1762.

Sculpture: John Beckmann

Visualizations: Kirill Lynkovsky

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