Art manifests itself in so many ways in the world around us.
John Edmark is an artist, designer, inventor, and professor at Stanford University. One of the things Edmark teaches are blooms.
Blooms are 3-D printed sculptures designed to animate when spun under a strobe light. Edmark states,
Unlike a 3D zoetrope, which animates a sequence of small changes to objects, a bloom animates as a single self-contained sculpture. The bloom’s animation effect is achieved by progressive rotations of the golden ratio, phi (ϕ), the same ratio that nature employs to generate the spiral patterns we see in pinecones and sunflowers. The rotational speed and strobe rate of the bloom are synchronized so that one flash occurs every time the bloom turns 137.5º (the angular version of phi).* Each bloom’s particular form and behavior is determined by a unique parametric seed I call a phi-nome (/fī nōm/).
Watching these sculptures in action will blow your mind. They’re absolutely FASCINATING!
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