Mesmerizing Fibonacci sculptures are 3D printed (Video)

John Edmark
© John Edmark

It's well-known that the mathematical Fibonacci sequence not only provides Nature with an astonishing beauty and order that we can not only perceive academically but also in everyday things like pinecones and sunflowers. This seemingly magical sequence can surprisingly also give developments like clean energy a boost, or make our buildings look even more pleasing.

Now inventor, designer and artist John Edmark has created this striking series of 3D printed sculptures that, when animated under a strobe light and progressively turned at a certain angle, visually demonstrate the incredible beauty of the Fibonacci sequence.

Fibonacci Zoetrope Sculptures from Pier 9 on Vimeo.

John Edmark/Video screen capture

For this video however, a camera -- set to a very short shutter speed -- captured the gradual turning of the sculptures to give an impression of movement when all the shots are strung together. It harkens back to old-fashioned zoetropes, before film animation emerged. The designer explains:

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.

© John Edmark
© John Edmark

These are captivating visual insights into the inner workings of Nature, and if you have access to a 3D printer, you can try to make similar sculptures yourself by checking out this Instructables tutorial. More over at John Edmark's site.

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