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HYBYCOZO by Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu at Canal Convergence 2017 was an installation of three, seven-foot tall polyhedron sculptures, and one smaller rotating polyhedron sculpture suspedned in a metal ring. These sculptures were inspired by natural forms, ancient Islamic tiles, mathematics and geometry. Each sculpture was lit with LEDs from the inside in order to cast colorful, intricate shadows highlighting “the inherent beauty of universal geometric form, symmetry and pattern.” HYBYCOZO was created through the collaboration of two artist: environmental scientist Yelena Filipchuk and industrial designer Serge Beaulieu.


During Canal Convergence, the artists conducted a "Light and Shadow: Make Your Own Geometric Work of Light Workshop" Thursday, Feb. 23 - Sunday, Feb. 26 from 4-6 p.m. daily, where participants made a small scale polyhedron light to take home.



Poem by Sally Ball for Four Chambers Press Poetry Reading at Canal Convergence:


Hyperspace Bypass Construction Zone (HYBYCOZO)


Chapter 1. Hyperspace Bypass



Beyond lightspeed, i.e. imaginary,

because we always want to outwit nature,

all the knowns—


as if we knew. Every avant turns

into a cliché in time.


Ha! In time:


the “bypass” is a hedge, right? We’re doing hyperspace

in a new way, it has an access road,


a clover leaf.




Chapter 2. Luck



To break a law of nature,

you’ll need either

Dick Blick or a metaphor.




Chapter 3. Construction Zone



where work’s ongoing, right?

where something’s being made right now,

in progress.


Here, brass boxes blaze with static polygons,

cages whose only ‘prisoner’ is light:

light gets away. It makes ephemeral

etchings on the concrete. Keats’ grave


says Here lies one whose name was writ in water.


The boxes say Everything we make

cannot be held. Everything we care about.

It spills. They gleam at 4 PM and vanish

after dark, you find them then by what pours out.


Yesterday I had a cocktail named to honor Robert Frost,

A Nothing Gold Can Stay. The glass that held it


was a globe, a bulb, diffusing

golden light that disappeared with every sip—




Chapter 4. SciFi



Science:       tempers mastery

with curiosity.


Fiction:        enhances (or mutes) reality

with whimsy. Or reconfigures it.




Chapter 5. Geometry



Figure 1: just points and lines


Figure 2: a third dimension


Figure 3: ?




Chapter 6: 40 Light Years



away we found some planets

that might have oceans,



Found them how? Their dwarf star,

around which they orbit as we orbit the sun,

would dim from time to time:




We found these possibly hospitable alternate homes

because they interrupted our view of dwarfstarlight.


We were looking at something we stopped

being able to see

and thus discerned a different presence. Presences.


It isn’t only billionaires who’ll want to go—


Jeff & Elon.


Let’s write our names in water and in ink.

Then name those seven planets,

draw them in oils, acrylics, watercolor.

Model them in brass.


Their dwarf-sun’s name is Trappist-1,

acronymish for TRAnsiting

                   Planets and





Not a trap or cage, that mini-star, not a monk

who microbrews. A way of looking


that depends on noticing what you can no longer see.

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