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Watch: Artist Put Nature in a Spin

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Watch: Artist Put Nature in a Spin
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Artist John Edmark has put nature's blooms in a spin, quite literally, in his mesmerising and strobe animated 3D printed sculpture series entitled: Blooms. 

Romanesco broccoli, sunflowers and pinecones are just a few of nature's natural blooms of almost mathematical symmetry, spun under a strobe light resulting in a stunning effect of rippling spiral patterns captured on camera.

Take a look:


BLOOM: Romanesco . Blooms are 3D printed sculptures designed to animate when spun under a strobe light. 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/). . . #EdmarkBlooms #JohnEdmark #3dprint #3dprinted

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It's easy to forget how incredible nature is, so it's great to be reminded just how special it can be. Take the artichoke example below, where the vegetable has been filmed spinning in such a way as to create the illusion that the leaves are actually moving up or down the surface of the artichoke. 

Edmark's sculptures feature in a number of museum collections around the world, and are currently on display at the Exploratorium in San Francisco and the Technorama in Winterthur, Switzerland.

You can also see some of his original works in the Blooms videos below:.

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