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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Nature by Numbers

Posted by Charley Parker at 7:16 pm

Nature by Numbers
The golden ratio, alternately known as the golden mean or the golden section, and often represented by the greek letter φ (phi); along with its relatives the golden rectangle, the golden spiral (a special type of logarithmic spiral) and the Fibonnacci sequence of numbers; are all associated with that shimmering twilight zone where mathematics, geometry, natural forms and the human perception of beauty mix, merge, shift and flow into, through and around one another.

So do the images in Christóbal Vila’s animated ode to these and similar concepts, Nature by Numbers.

This is a short (4 minute) animated movie in which Vila visually displays and explores some of these relationships. It starts with the Fibonnacci numbers, a sequence that starts with 0 and 1 (or two ones) and in which each subsequent number is the sum of the preceding two, goes on to construct a Fibonacci spiral consisting of golden rectangles, and builds out from there.

The golden section has long been associated with architecture and art, and has been called “the divine proportion“. This is one of the more poetic visual demonstrations of the concept that I’ve seen.

[Via BoingBoing]

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  1. Comment by mike
    Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 8:12 am

    You will also want to check out Cristobal’s other works of art and animation. I have added him to my list of art hero’s and favorite artists in the world. This is based on his fine art work, his willingness to share his knowledge, and his curiousity and exploration of different subjects.

    Thanks for adding Cristobol to Lines and Colors… he is very worthy.

    ~Mike

  2. Comment by Rob Rey
    Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 8:28 am

    Great movie! A really well made visual explanation.

    I just posted a painting about the golden ratio on my blog. http://robreyart.blogspot.com

  3. Comment by Charley Parker
    Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 9:58 am

    Wonderful! Thanks, Rob. (For some reason, I particularly love the rendering of the newsprint pad.)

    For other readers, here is my post on Rob Rey.

  4. Comment by Charley Parker
    Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 10:01 am

    Thanks, Mike.

    For other readers here is a more direct link to Etérea, Cristóbal Vila’s online portfolio.

  5. Comment by Raining Acorns
    Thursday, March 25, 2010 @ 11:22 pm

    Remarkable. Thank you for highlighting this.

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