Polyhedron with 432 Symmetry Fountain

The polyhedron in the fountain is a snub cube, an Archimedean semi-regular solid derived from a cube, with all its edges of equal length. This shape was chose for the central fountain in the Beckman Institute because it mimics the symmetry of the iron storage protein ferritin, which has 24 identical protein subunits arranged in 432 symmetry about a core of perhaps 4500 iron atoms in the form of hydrated ferric hydroxyphosphate. This snub cube has 38 faces and 24 vertices, the vertices then representing the subunits of ferritin. California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, California


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