The Oloid is an unusual spatial geometry discovered by polymath Paul Schatz (1898-1979). The geometry is derived from Schatz’s previous discovery of the inverted cube. The form is conceived around two congruent circles, placed perpendicular to one another and with the centre of each intersected by the circumference of the other. The total surface area and mass is equal to a sphere. The mathematical perfection of the smooth marble is satisfying and soothing to touch, inviting contemplation of the sublime and universal or simply a desk toy.
Roll the Oloid down a smooth, slightly inclined surface and you will witness its meandering, three-dimensional movement.
Made by stone master craftspeople on the island of Romblon in the Philippines, buying this product supports the cultural projects of Koberwitz 1924 Inc. mainly in the fields of agriculture, health and education. Each Oloid is individually crafted and has it’s own shades and patterns. Oloid comes in a gift box complete with a pamphlet.
Material: Solid light grey or dark grey marble from the Philippines. Please note that marble has natural variations in color depth. Please see images to get an idea of the range.
Dimensions: 2.75" L x 1.75”W x 1.75”H
Made in: Philippines
On Paul Schatz:
Bridging the gap between artistic and scientiﬁc activities, Paul Schatz (1898-1979) was an innovative sculptor, author, astronomer, mathematician and engineer who sought to bring harmony between nature and man. As a volunteer on the Western front during World War 1 he witnessed the human suffering and destruction of the environment, a vast chasm between the emotional and the cognitive-analytical abilities of humans. As a post-war student revolutionary in Munich he found in the humanities of Rudolf Steiner the tools of epistemological methodology and cognitive theory aligned with his unique artistic approach to problem solving.
The greatest discovery he made when he inverted the cube resulting in a three-dimensional body whose laws and properties he called the oloid. Understanding the complex movements of the oloid’s kinematic inversion led him to see this form as having numerous industrial applications. A ﬁrst and important success of his technical invention was owed to Willy A. Bachofen AG, the Basel machine factory that sold thousands of his Turbula mixers for industrial and pharmaceutical applications all over the world over the years. Schatz’s oloid shape when spinning has been used for numerous patents ranging from water pumps, water propulsion and water agitators that do not harm fish as the rhythm simulates the fin motion of aquatic species.