Fibonacci Zoetrope Sculptures

These are 3-D printed sculptures designed to animate when spun under a strobe light. The placement of the appendages is determined by the same method nature uses in pinecones and sunflowers. 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.

For this video, rather than using a strobe, the camera was set to a very short shutter speed (1/4000 sec) in order to freeze the spinning sculpture.

John Edmark is an inventor/designer/artist. He teaches design at Stanford University” (Vimeo)

These Fibonacci zoetrope sculptures are fascinating to watch. All the sculptures look organic and alive, reaching out to you. I understand the process, but it’s still mesmerising to watch. What I find really interesting is that it’s practically impossible to keep your focus on one point of the screen, as the “movement” of the sculptures automatically draws your eyes with it.

Beautiful stuff. Onwards!

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2 Responses to Fibonacci Zoetrope Sculptures

  1. Augusto Angulo says:

    How can I get, make or buy these sculptures?

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