Blooming Zoetrope Sculptures

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3D printers are fascinating devices; it is amazing to see these machines – now relatively common and widely available – build extremely precise components for homemade machines, functional objects, and models.  The concept has been extrapolated and mega-sized and now you can even 3D print a building or imagine development on an uninhabitable planet (although some of the results remind me of the Garden of Eden in Lucas, Kansas).

There are also those who are using the precision of the technology, inspired by patterns found in nature, to create unexpected and mesmerizingly beautiful works of art.  I recently stumbled on this video of a set of small, sculptural, printed models that use the Fibonacci sequence (directly related to the Golden Mean that we studied in design school but all too often forget to consider in proportioning a space) to create shapes and patterns that appear to animate when filmed spinning on a turntable, by a camera with a precisely-timed shutter or illuminated by a strobe.  The sculptures themselves are interesting to look at and immediately bring to mind the natural patterns found in pinecones, fruit, vegetables, seashells, and crystals, but they come alive when they are captured in motion.

In keeping with the trend of “open-sourcing” 3D printable model information by enthusiasts and artists alike, the creator, John Edmark, has offered to share the information necessary to build these models to anyone who is interested.

Read his article HERE.

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