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Published: 01/26/2011
Jonathan Wolfe Fractal Foundation 505.489.3393

Albuquerque Fractal Challenge Public Art Unveiling at Monte Vista Elementary School

At the 80th anniversary celebration of the Monte Vista Elementary School on Monday, January 31st, from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., The Fractal Foundation will unveil three of the Albuquerque Fractal Challenge winning pieces of art. The artworks, created by Monte Vista students, appear as giant building wraps, and represent Albuquerque's newest public art installation.

The public event at Monte Vista Elementary School, located at 3211 Monte Vista Boulevard, in Nob Hill, Albuquerque, will recognize the achievements of the three student winners, and coincide with the unveiling of a plaque issued by the National Registry of Historic Places commemorating the School's 80th anniversary.

All eight winners of the Albuquerque Fractal Challenge will be honored during the annual Fractal Trianglethon on April 10th at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The Albuquerque Fractal Challenge is a program that teaches students to make mathematical artworks using computers and algebra, and then publicizes the most interesting and beautiful student-made images as chosen yearly by a panel of judges. Monte Vista students won three of the eight awards. The program is funded by a grant from Albuquerque's Urban Enhancement Trust Fund. The installations at the Monte Vista Elementary School are large-format vinyl building wraps measuring 22′ × 13′ and will be on display for two years.

The Fractal Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, based in Albuquerque, that uses the beauty of fractals to inspire interest in science, math and art. Fractals are never-ending patterns that can be found all over the natural world (for instance in tree branches, rivers, blood vessels, sea shells, hurricanes, galaxies, etc) and they can also be made with a computer using simple algebraic equations. Since 2003, the Fractal Foundation has taught more than 35,000 children that math is fun, exciting and beautiful, and more than 8,000 people have downloaded the free fractal software to explore and create these amazing patterns. By showcasing student-made fractals as giant public artworks, Albuquerque is becoming the 'Fractal Capital of the World.'
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