Deconstruction of HK97 Capsid Protein Skew Geometry

Material used: Paper collage printed on vinyl

To begin to understand the complex alternating rotations and skew geometry of the proteins on the HK97 virus capsid head, it was necessary to deconstruct the pattern. I started with the simplest of anchor points and built up skew symmetry on an origami format, to ultimately arrive at the hyperbolic icosahedral which approximates a Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome with all its associated efficiencies. The tolerance for error was under 1%, because small errors on this kind of tiling multiply, but somehow this is no challenge to the clever virus which has this down cold.

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