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So many great careers use math! Artist Hillel Smith uses a variety of math concepts to create everything from giant murals to 3D sculptures.

Feb 12, 2018

It is wonderful to see the creative ways people use math in the world around us. 

Every single day, Hillel Smith uses math to create art. It’s not “fractal art” or computer-driven design. He simply needs math to produce the art itself—everything from huge outdoor murals to inflatable sculptures. 

“At a basic level, having an understanding of geometry is practical, making things at a size that can be framed, or knowing how far a can of paint will go,” he said. “The challenge is working with projects that require a higher level of art thinking, such as my pixelated pieces and some of the mural projects. I do a lot of ‘solving for X,’ dimension analysis, ratios and proportions, fractions, and unit conversions.”

As a child, Hillel was a strong math student. Obsessed with space and airplanes, he used Lego®, TinkerToy®, Marbleworks®, 3D puzzles, and origami paper to build his structures. He loved the experience of problem solving, and when he got to high school, he took both A.P. Calculus and A.P. Physics.