The Macquarie Play Spiral

6 March 2015 · 2 comments

in Maths Outdoors, Outdoor Play, Urban

Post image for The Macquarie Play Spiral

At the Macquarie Lake Variety Playground, there is a performance space which is intriguingly mathematical. From a distance, it just looks like a wavy wall – cute in a wall-ish, playful sort of way. After all, walking along a wall is a popular activity and this wavy-curvy wall is suitably low enough to entice little children and their parents too. 

Macquarie Spiral 2

As you move into the centre of the spiral, two things happen. First the broad wall becomes increasingly narrow and the waves disappear.

Macquarie Spiral 4

Second, the spiral gets smaller and smaller, until it disappears.

Macquarie Spiral 3

This feature is intriguing. It feels so balanced and proportionate, I am keen to know if it is a Golden Spiral. By this I mean a spiral that is based upon the Golden Ratio as its growth factor.

Macquarie Spiral 5

If any maths teacher happens to be reading this post, I would really appreciate advice as to how I could find this out. It is an irresistible challenge and I may have to return to the site to undertake this investigation.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Share the knowledge...

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Ariel October 8, 2015 at 04:09

Looks like yes. Here is a diagram to help you measure and calculate your spiral. http://www.pixelalley.com/tips_and_tuts/golden_ratio.gif

Reply

Juliet Robertson October 8, 2015 at 06:12

Thank you! That’s a really clear diagram.

Reply

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: