BLOOMS: Strobe Animated Sculptures Invented by John Edmark


Blooms are 3-D printed sculptures designed to animate when spun under a strobe light. Unlike a 3D zoetrope, which animates a sequence of small changes to objects, a bloom animates as a single self-contained sculpture. The bloom’s animation effect is achieved by progressive rotations of the golden ratio, phi (ϕ), the same ratio that nature employs to generate the spiral patterns we see in pinecones and 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).* Each bloom’s particular form and behavior is determined by a unique parametric seed I call a phi-nome (/fī nōm/). -John Edmark

John Edmark is an artist, designer, and inventor. He teaches at Stanford University.


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Cinematography and editing by Charlie Nordstrom

Music - "Plateau" by Lee Rosevere -

*For this video, rather than using a strobe, the camera was set to a very short shutter speed in order to freeze individual frames of the spinning sculpture.

©2015 John Edmark

[www.雕塑.net]  机器翻译:

花朵是一种三维印刷雕塑,设计用于在闪光灯下旋转时产生动画效果。与三维zoetrope不同,bloom是一个独立的雕塑,它对对象的一系列微小变化进行动画处理。花开的动画效果是通过逐渐旋转黄金比例phi(ɕ)来实现的,这个比例与自然界用来生成我们在松果和向日葵中看到的螺旋图案的比例相同。水华的转速和频闪率是同步的,因此每次水华转137.5度(phi的角度版本)时都会出现一次闪光。*每个水华的特定形式和行为由一个独特的参数种子决定,我称之为phi nome(/fīnōm/)。-约翰·埃德马克




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音乐-“高原”作者:Leeôu Rosevere/Farragoôubriskie/Leeôu Rosevereôru Zabriskieôu03ôuplateau


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