These works come from a study of organic natural forms and their
relationship to simple mathematical rules.
Influenced by the work of D'Arcy
Thompson, Alan Turing and Ernst Haeckel, they study how intricate forms
of plant and coral like structures can be created by digital simulation
of flow and deposition.
The sculptural shapes are created by a process of accretion over time.
They are gradually grown by simulating the paths of millions of
particles randomly flowing in a
field of forces
. Over time they build on top of an initial simple seed
surface to produce structures of immense complexity.
The images shown by clicking on the thumbnails above have been scaled down to about 1/10th the original size for internet viewing. To get a clearer idea of the level of detail in the original images here is an image at 1/2 the full resolution: 4096x4096 pixel image (6.8MB)
SIGGRAPH 2005 Sketch Session:
"Aggregation: Complexity out of Simplicity"
Videos of Aggregation
Growth by Aggregation (Vimeo)
Growth by Aggregation (YouTube)
Growth by Aggregation: The Utah Variation (YouTube)
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