The Fractal Foundation constructed the world’s largest fractal triangle on March 14, 2010 (PI-Day) in the Albuquerque Convention Center. Over 40 volunteers helped build the giant triangle and celebrate math, art, and the amazing wonder of fractals. The giant triangle was assembled out of 2187 individual triangles made by children from all over the world.
While 2187 is the number required to assemble a 7th order fractal triangle, 96 feet on a side, so many students had participated that there were enough to keep building, and altogether the pattern was extended to include 4036 triangles.
See a timelapse video of the assembly, which took place over almost 2 hours:
We are continuing the project, and in 2011 we intend to break our own record by assembling an 8th order fractal triangle, 196 feet on a side, comprised of 6561 individual triangles.
We need more triangles, so Please Participate!
Gigantic thanks to all who participated last year: the dozens of volunteers who helped build the giant triangle, and especially to the thousands of children who each contributed a triangle!
And much gratitude to the Albuquerque Convention Center, for generously providing their ballrooms for the event. We look forward to returning next time in the even larger exhibit hall!
Congratulations and thanks, to everyone who made this possible. See the full list of participating schools here.
The winners of the Albuquerque Fractal Challenge were publicly awarded during a ceremony at the Albuquerque Fractal Challenge on March 14th, 2010.
Five of the 8 winning students were present, and they received a poster of their fractal, an award certificate, and a trophy fractal billboard. In addition, their artworks will be on display in the atrium of the West Complex of the Albuquerque Convention Center for the next year.
Congratulations to all the winners!
Many thanks to the Albuquerque Convention Center for graciously providing their facilities for the Fractal Challenge and Trianglethon, and to Clear Channel Outdoor, who generously provided the splendid fractal billboard trophies for the winning students.