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36: Single Set Simplification

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 by in 216

It’s easy to forget the possibilities of just one set of 216 magnets. A vast universe of potential can be invisible to us when we’re set in our ways, molded by habit and past experience.

Break free from what you normally do with magnets, and life. Take only one set of Zen Magnets, and make them into twelve hexagon sheets like this:


For the December 2013 contest, we come back to basics for a conceptual defragmentation.  Build anything that satisfies you, in the bounds of those twelve hexagon sheets. These hexagon sheets can be folded and and bent, but no single Zen Magnet may be removed from it’s original neighbors.

The limit of subunit and count may feel like a cage to some of the veteran magnet imagineers, but in a few moves you’ll find that the cage in your mind was merely an illusion. Let you mind free.

Zen Magnets only.

As always, this is a photography contest as much as it is a magnet sphere contest. If you want to win, consider the overall aesthetic, not just the sculpture itself. Be aware of composition, lighting, exposure, resolution, focus and framing. Know that your image will be cropped to fit a hexagon thumbnail when shown among others, so dress it appropriately. Clean up your magnets and lens, and use not your bright reflective flash, but instead a self-timer and a tripod (or stand.)

For this contest,  the prize scale won’t be announced until after winners are announced. Don’t do it for the sake of the prize, do it for the sake of doing.

Submission deadline is the end of 2013.

To enter, load your full resolution photo to, create a title for your piece, and fill this out:

 Submit Here