Published on January 17th, 2017 | by Geetika Bhasin
Stanford University Lecturer develops 3D printed sculptures of hypnotic flowers
John Edmark is a Stanford University lecturer who is making news with his 3D printed sculptures “blooms”. These blooms have spirals resembling shapes of pinecones and sunflowers. The artworks created using spiral motions and strobe lights result into a mesmerizing spectacle of a blooming flower.
Edmark said that his work depicted growth and space. Through the mobile sculptures and changing objects, he tries to portray the unique structures within the indefinite spaces. His work is an invitation to art enthusiasts who like to discover stunning artworks. They simplify the boundaries between facts and imagination.
The animation of the structure is achieved by means of a strobe light. Edmark, however, insists that the self-contained objects can be animated because of their geometrical shapes. The “blooms” resembles a zoetrope which performs the task of a flipbook of various objects though the sculpture is a single self-contained object.
Edmark has used the concept of the golden ratio (phi) for attaining perfection and precision in his work. This same ratio is generated in plants like cacti, which leads to that formation in the plant. The speed at which the Bloom rotates and the strobe lights have been synchronized such that every time the bloom turns 137.5°, one flash is generated. The form and behavior of each bloom are determined by a unique parameter named phi-nome by Edmark. This 3D printed structure by Edmark is truly an admirable object and the stunning visual of the actual blooming like hypnotic flowers, leaves the onlooker astonished and mesmerized. It has been intricately made using mathematical calculations and the design is scientific yet visually appealing. The price of the Bloom varies from $40 to $6000, depending on the complex nature of the structure.