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"Octahedral Globe from a Window," by Frank A. Farris, Santa Clara University, CA

Ink jet on paper, 2015.

This coloring of the sphere, based on a photograph of a stained-glass window by Hans Schepker, is invariant under the action of the octahedral group. I created it by mapping the sphere (and the group action) to the plane via stereographic projection and using known techniques for creating complex-valued functions invariant under groups that act on the plane. This image is part of a larger work, "Imaginary Planets." --- Frank Farris

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