Constellation for a Conundrum
ceiling-mounted sculpture for PS 51’s atrium commissioned through Public Art for Public Schools, NY, NY

Constellation for a Conundrum is a three-dimensional rendering of two different solution strategies to the classic “9 dots puzzle.”
The puzzle is composed of a simple nine-dot grid, three in each row. The challenge is to connect the dots by drawing no more than four straight, continuous lines that pass through each dot—without lifting pencil from paper. Herein lies the conundrum.

Nine objects are suspended from the ceiling representing the nine dots. The aluminum pipe forms a constellation configured to match the solutions to the puzzle. Here, the phrase ‘thinking outside the box’ is most apparent, as it is a restatement of the solution strategy.