This Is Not a Normal Sculpture. When You Zoom In You Will See What’s Inside!

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There are all sorts of unique works of art constantly being created. This one caught our eye. It is a fluid sculpture dreamed up and designed by an artist known as Casual Profanity. The piece and video featuring it won the “Captured” Category at the Vimeo Festival + Awards.

The artist worked with clear plastic tubing that had an outside diameter of 1/8” and knit it onto a blue ringed loom which serves as a base and supports the structure. At first glimpse it looks crazy intricate and highly compact. However, the magic starts when colored water is pumped through the tubing. It creates a hypnotic visual effect and opens up a world of possible transformations. 

The speed, color, and fluid medium can all be altered to produce a certain desired result. Same goes for the knitted pattern or way it is built.  The same artist, Casual Profanity, has also produced a fluid dress. It is an extension of the fluid sculpture in that it is composed of clear plastic tubing as well.

There is a backpack mounted pump with special valves that control the fluid flow, ensuring the wearer maximum optic wow factor. Could you imagine a woman wearing a dress filled with moving liquid, all lit up, as she too moves around the room? It would be fantastic to witness!

The sculpture certainly seems like a neat interactive piece of art that you could experiment with or just look at. The simple beauty and movement of the water and colors definitely has a mesmerizing and almost therapeutic effect. Check out the liquid dress too, it is awesome!

Let us know what you think of the video! Enjoy!

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WATCH: It Looks Like A Normal Sculpture But When It Starts Moving It Blew Me Away!

Anthony Howe is an accomplished artist who works with steel to create hypnotically beautiful 3D kinetic sculptures. He makes them at his Orcas Island, Washington workshop by hand and with the aid of a computer. His inspiration is born out of a desire to find elegance in things that are awkward and ugly. Anthony explains that the awkwardness of objects, such as things that bang against each other or seem physically impossible, are what draws him in and gives him ideas. He strives to make them work more beautifully and streamlines his eventual art into undulating pieces that move and flow in ways that seem to defy logic. His sculptures resemble optical illusions, as they twist and turn in on themselves then fold back out into space, and are mesmerizing to watch.

Anthony began his artistic journey after he moved to New York to become a painter. Instead, he ended up working as a superintendent at a warehouse in Manhattan and noticed all the surrounding steel. He decided to make sculptures out of the metal and explains that he was “bored with everything being static in my visual world, I wanted to see stuff move.” With that concept in mind he set to work creating visually spectacular sculptures that move easily in a breeze, as if they are dancing in the wind.

While the sculptures may look as if they were completely hand made, Anthony does use a computer to design them. He conceptualizes his basic idea on a computer program which allows him to see how a piece will later move in a 3D type visual space. Starting with a specific individual design he forms a foundation for the piece, then multiples and adds that element over and over again into patterns, that eventually make up the complete sculpture. Some of his works appear to always be in motion, even when they are not, because Anthony adds mirrors that reflect and refract light at all times. He clearly loves his craft and excels at making visual works of art. His desire to find elegance in the awkward can be seen as he continues to be inspired by movement, angles and nature.

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It Looks Like A Regular Sculpture. But Once It Starts Spinning I’m Completely Hypnotized!

These 3D sculptures are not only works of art they are also optical illusions when they are spun under a strobe light.  They were designed by Stanford University professor John Edmark who, with help from his students, create and print 3D sculptures based on mathematical equations.  Specifically, they used the Fibonacci Sequence, a series of numbers where the next number is found by adding up the two numbers before it (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 , 21…..).

The placement of the appendages on the sculpture is based off of that sequence and that is what gives it the seemingly perfect shape.  This sequence is used in computer algorithms, searches, and graphs.  It can also be found in nature and shows up in the pattern where branches grow on trees, as well as in pinecones and sunflowers.

When the sculpture is rotated at a certain speed and synchronized with the strobe light, so that every time the sculpture turn 137.5 degrees one flash occurs, it appears animated.  The sculptures look like they are turning, spiraling, and metamorphosing into different shapes and things.  If you were to count the number of spirals on any of the sculptures it would always end up being Fibonacci numbers.

While all the math, speed, and light calculations make this artwork all the more interesting, don’t worry if you still don’t quite understand it (you are not alone  ).  It is awesome to look at and blends science, math, and art perfectly.  Check it out and prepare to be hypnotized.

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