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It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. And I have a little treat for you — first in the list here.


Fibonacci Zoetrope Sculptures

{via Brian G.}

from the page

These are 3-D printed sculptures designed to animate when spun under a strobe light. The placement of the appendages is determined by the same method nature uses in pinecones and sunflowers. The rotation speed is synchronized to the strobe so that one flash occurs every time the sculpture turns 137.5º—the golden angle. If you count the number of spirals on any of these sculptures you will find that they are always Fibonacci numbers.

For this video, rather than using a strobe, the camera was set to a very short shutter speed (1/4000 sec) in order to freeze the spinning sculpture.

John Edmark is an inventor/designer/artist. He teaches design at Stanford University.

Cinematography and editing by Charlie Nordstrom



Featured image is “Flowers—The Beauty of Vaccines” by Vik Muniz. From the page: At first it looks like a textured painting or a fabric print. But look closer and there emerge the tiny cells that create this image. The artist writes: “The artwork is a microscopic pattern of liver cells infected with a smallpox vaccine virus.” © 2014



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