"In 1954 my political scientist father returned from a year in Burma with three wicker chinlone balls. I was six years old. They fascinated me. I enjoyed looking at them almost as much as kicking them.
These orbs are spherical projections of an icosidodecahedron, the Archimedean Solid composed of 20 equilateral triangles and 12 regular pentagons. I am not alone with my fascination. Though Archimedes's original treatise was lost, all 12 of his solids were rediscovered by renaissance mathematicians and artists. More recently Buckminster Fuller studied these 6 great circles each divided by the others into ten equal arcs.
Orbs are powder coated to withstand environmental elements with a clear UV protective finish."
- Christopher Thomson
Powdercoated Chinlone Garden Orbs
18" Multi-Strand Chinlone Orb $2,000
25" Multi-Strand Chinlone Orb $2,800
38" Multi-Strand Chinlone Orb $4,000
51" Multi-Strand Chinlone Orb $5,500
72" Multi-Strand Chinlone Orb $9,500
Stands are available for purchase, although they are not a requirement. Many of our customers place their Chinlone Orbs directly on the ground if the surface is level enough.
Stand for 18" Chinlone Orb $600
Stand for 25" Chinlone Orb $800
Stand for 38" Chinlone Orb $950
Stand for 51" Chinlone Orb $1,100
Stand for 72" Chinlone Orb $1,900
Please contact us for more information on these sculptures and for purchasing.
phone: (505) 470-3140
All sculptures are made out of powder coated forged steel.
Custom colors are available upon request.