“Macoto Murayama cultivates inorganic flora. First, he chooses the plant and finds the real flower, for example the exquisite Lathyrus odoratus L. Second, he dissects the flower cutting the petal and ovary with scalpel and observes it with magnifying glass. Third, he makes sketches and photographs the parts of dissected flower. Forth, he models its form and structure using 3ds Max (3DCG software). Fifth, he renders separate parts and creates a composition using Adobe Photoshop. Sixth, he imposes admeasurements, parts names, scale, scientific name etc. Seventh, he prints out Lathirus odoratus L. at large scale printer and frames it… Here it is, The Flower of Totalitarian Scientific Conscious: properly fixed, totally measured, strictly nominated and distinctly shown. It is not only an image of a plant, but representation of the intellect’s power and its elaborate tools for scrutinizing nature. The transparency of this work refers not only to the lucid petals of a flower, but to the ambitious, romantic and utopian struggle of science to see and present the world as transparent (completely seen, entirely grasped) object. Paradoxically, this scientific challenge to measure the Universe might eventually become one of the sources where art of Murayama draws its strength of fantasy and odor of romanticism, becoming a part of Botech Art, symbiosis of Botanical Art and Technology.”
A Chaotica fractal and some close-up views. Click images to see them enlarged. Enlargements are approximately half the original print size.
I had an eye exam. Then I read that quote Stephen Hawking made about the borders of black holes and that reminded me of the Coastline Paradox, which then caused me to open up an old seed from the Escher’s Infinite Circle series. If you recall, the center starts out large and each iteration outward becomes smaller and smaller until finally, the circle boundary appears to be a line… actually, it’s the pattern going out into all directions infinitely. How mind-blowing-ly beautiful is that?
I’ve shared the documentary, The Colors of Infinity before, but I’m sharing it again because I found it for free on YouTube, and also because I think you should watch both of these videos together simultaneously. You will zoom through the Mandelbrot set while you hear Mandelbrot himself describe his Eureka! moment of discovery. You’ll also understand what is meant by self-similarity found in fractal patterns. Experience what it’s like to magnify a fractal until it is enormously larger than our known universe!