DOUBLE SUDOKU

Part 1

This sculpture is, currently, a three dimensional representation of a randomly generated sudoku puzzle solution. The numbers (1-9) in a traditional sudoku puzzle are represented here as as 9 different length segments.

The result is a striking sculpture, evoking images of aerial views of dense metropoli, all held together by shiny stainless steel hardware.

Part 2

Imagine now that we disassemble the sculpture and lay out the pieces in nine sets of nine segments (1-9)

  123456789  123456789  123456789 
  123456789  123456789  123456789 
  123456789  123456789  123456789 

 

Next, we assign another characteristic to each group, color

  123456789  123456789  123456789 
  123456789  123456789  123456789 
  123456789  123456789  123456789 

This leaves us with 81 unique pieces to work with.

Now the tricky part. The goal is to reassemble the puzzle so that it solves simultaneously with both segment length and segment color; two overlapping sudoku solution. At first this seems a highly plausible, albeit daunting task considering there are, by one account, 16,930,529,280 possible sudoku solutions. As an artist, not a mathematician, I am currently at a loss as to how to go about achieving this elusive, and perhaps impossible, solution.

This sculpture is therefore unsolved and unfinished.