Using a portrait of Russian Mathematician Grigori Perelman by artist Jules Julian, designers Alan Temiraev and Volodenka Zotov created a beautifully designed pencil set.
The packaging is designed so that when intact, the eight individually boxed graphite pencils make up the illustrated portrait, by Jules Julien, of the Russian mathematician Grigori Perelman, famous for solving the the legendary Poincaré Conjecture.*
The beautifully designed pencil box has a die-cut window in the shape of the portrait’s head and foil stamping. The interior of the box has a color printed image of the universe.
Each graphite pencil is a different degree of lead (2H, H, F, HB, B, 2B, 3B, 4B) and individually packaged in multi-colored four-sided boxes so that, when properly aligned, they make up the graphic portrait of Perelman seen through the die-cut window.
*Perelman solved the legendary Poincaré Conjecture, one of the world’s most difficult mathematical tasks. He was awarded the Field Medal but Perelman didn’t show up to claim the award, and said he doesn’t want it. He told a British newspaper, “I do not think anything that I say can be of the slightest public interest.” Refusing to take the one million dollars in prize money, he remarked “Why do I need a million dollars if I can control the universe?”