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Fibonaccis Sequence Brought to Life in Art

written by April Carvelli January 19, 2015

zoetrope1Whether you are a geek, that understands what I am talking about or just someone who wants to see something cool ,you need to check this out.

These 3-D printed sculptures beautifully depict Fibonaccis Sequence. Fibonaccis Sequence is a series of numbers in which the next number is found by adding up the two numbers before it. (i.e.: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 …etc… ). This is a sequence this is found all over the place in nature. It can be found in the leaves on a stem, a nautilus shell, sunflowers, or even the spiral of the galaxy. It is all around us.

The beauty of this mathematical formula and the reason we are surrounded by it in nature is because it allows for the maximum amount of sunlight to heat each leaf on a tree. By maximizing sunlight exposure a tree increases its photosynthesizing ability and enhances it’s chance of survival. We don’t know yet why it is found naturally in other things that don’t require maximum sun exposure.

John Edmark, a teacher at Stanford University, is the designer and artist of these incredible 3-D sculptures. When they are spun at the right frequency under a strobe light they appear to be animated.

Of his sculptures Mr. Edmark states,

“While art is often a vehicle for fantasy, my work is an invitation to plunge deeper into our own world and discover just how astonishing it can be. In experiencing a surprising behavior, one’s sense of wonder and delight is increased by the recognition that it is occurring within the context of actual physical constraints. The works can be thought of as instruments that amplify our awareness of the sometimes tenuous relationship between facts and perception.

I employ precise mathematics in the design and fabrication of my work. I do this neither out of a desire to exhibit precision per se, nor to exalt the latest technology, but because the questions I’m trying to formulate and answer about spatial relationships can only be addressed with geometrically exacting constructions. Mathematical precision is an essential ally in my goal of achieving clarity.”

Check out the video of the sculpture in action:


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