"Logolith", June 2013.

PLA 3D print / Earthenware slipcast

 

When we encounter technological cultures from worlds other than our own, mathematics may be the only knowledge we hold in common. We can happily use it, then, to begin learning how to communicate with our new friends. Logolith is a primitive, early embodiment of a tool designed for use in such an encounter - an aspiration towards the promise of first contact.

 

Values likely to be known by other technological cultures are encoded in the object in the form of ratios. Close approximations of pi and the golden ratio are derived from comparing the measurements of various sections of the object. Since they are relational, and not absolute values, they can be found regardless of the measuring system used by an encountered culture.