I have a geometrically complex sheet and would like to make this sheet have the shape of a bowl by deleting vertices that do not lie within a volume defined by some secondary object the shape of a bowl. This is the sheet: You can imagine the type of operation I want to be like a boolean modifier, which calculates the intersection of all vertices with my bowl. However, the boolean modifier does not work on "leaky" objects like mine.
Is there any way of selecting only the vertices that lie within some other object, so I can then invert the selection and delete all the other ones?
Edit (I don't have enough rep to post a comment, so I will address some of the comments here. + I rephrased my question, hoping to make it clearer) @Atomicbezierslinger:
I know about proportional edit and circle select and don't see what my experience with modelling has to do with my question. Also I am not interested in recreating a new model. My question is about selecting a set of vertices that lie within the boundaries of some other object of my choosing.
The model is in fact subject to very precise specifications as it is (pretty exactly) a Lidinoid (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lidinoid).
@m.ardito: It is a sheet, because it is a 2d surface in 3d space. Its shape is that of a Lidinoid (see above).