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BLOOMS 2: Strobe Animated Sculptures Invented by John Edmark

Blooms are 3-D printed sculptures designed to animate when spun under a strobe light. Unlike a 3D zoetrope, which animates a sequence of small changes to objects, a bloom animates as a single self-contained sculpture. The bloom’s animation effect is achieved by progressive rotations of the golden ratio, phi (ϕ), the same ratio that nature employs to generate the spiral patterns we see in pinecones and sunflowers. The rotational speed and strobe rate of the bloom are synchronized so that one flash occurs every time the bloom turns 137.5º (the angular version of phi).* Each bloom’s particular form and behavior is determined by a unique parametric seed I call a phi-nome (/fī nōm/). -John Edmark

Website: www.JohnEdmark.com

Video by John Edmark ©2017
Creative Consultant: Terrence Tessaro McArdle
Filming: Charlie Nordstrom
Music: Bryan Barcinas

A talk about Blooms and related work: http://j.mp/2ip3KM2
More Pier 9 Videos – www.vimeo.com/pier9
Pier 9 Artist in Residence program: www.autodesk.com/air

*For this video, rather than using a strobe, the camera was set to a very short shutter speed in order to freeze individual frames of the spinning sculpture.

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Blooms: Strobe-Animated Sculptures

Blooms designed by John Edmark.

These 3-D printed sculptures, called blooms, are 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.

Visit John’s website here: http://j.mp/1LRnICE
and Vimeo site: http://j.mp/1OBcRmH

To learn how blooms are made visit: http://j.mp/1LRnICG

And more about the Pier 9 Artist in Residence program here: http://j.mp/1OBcRmK

Cinematography and editing by Charlie Nordstrom

Music – “Plateau” by Lee Rosevere – http://j.mp/1LRnICH

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