3D-Printed Sculptures ‘Bloom’ Under A Strobe Light

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John Edmark can transform a static sculpture into dynamic animation. The “bloom’s” animation effect is achieved by progressive rotations of the golden ratio, phi (ϕ), the same ratio which nature uses to create the spiral patterns in 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),” Edmark explains. He calls his work a celebration of patterns underlying space and growth. “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.”


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