3D Printed Optical Art

Artist and inventor John Edmark has created some amazing 3D printed sculptures as part of Autodesk’s Pier9 Artists in Residence project. The forms are based on structures found in nature, as John says;

These 3-D printed sculptures, called blooms, are 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 synchronised 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.

The MyRhodia Editor