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fibonacci zoetrope sculpture

3D Printed Fibonacci Zoetrope Sculptures

For those of you uninitiated on the Fibonacci Sequence, it is a sequence of numbers that starts with either 0 or 1 and subsequent numbers are always the sum of the two previous numbers. A Fibonacci sequence that starts with 0 would look like this: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144… The Fibonacci numbers can be observed in nature as in the arrangement of leaves on a stem, the arrangement of a pine cone, and the flowering of artichokes just to name a few.

preview_fibonacci John Edmark uses the Fibonacci sequence to construct his 3D printed sculptures. By spinning his sculptures under a strobe light that activates as his sculptures rotate every 137.5 degrees (the golden angle), his sculptures come to life in very surprising ways. Check out this video below: To see more of John Edmark’s work, visit his website.

For more information on how his sculptures were made visit his Instructable project. John Edmark states “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.” We think John Edmark’s works are a great example of how nature can be a great source of inspiration in our own creative work. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.  

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