Building a “Polyhedral Porcupine”

This is the icosahedron, followed by its first stellation.

The first stellation of the icosahedron can be stellated again, and again, and so on. The “final stellation” of the icosahedron is the one right before the stellation-series “wraps around,” back to where it started:

icosa-stellation-final-60-spikes

This final stellation of the icosahedron would serve pretty well as a “polyhedral porcupine,” but I was seeking something even better, so I turned my attention to polyhedral compounds. This is the compound of five icosahedra:

icosahedra-5

The program I use to manipulate these solids is called Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator (free trial download available here). My next move, using Stella, was to create the final stellation of this five-icosahedron compound . . . and, when I saw it, I knew I had found my “polyhedral porcupine.”

icosahedra-5-final-stellation

2 thoughts on “Building a “Polyhedral Porcupine”

  1. Very nice. The last one (last stellation of 5 icosahedra compound) looks great!

    Is the 5 icosahedra compound itself some stellation of icosahedron? What is the principle for construction of this compound.

    Some time ago I was playing with “infinite compound” of cube/octahedron and dodecahedron/icosahedron, and I see this compound can be extended based on icosahedron symmetry.

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