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Infinite Forms Unfurl in New Rotating Sculptures by John Edmark

August 6, 2019

Laura Staugaitis

…tricks to create cascading effects on rotating textured white sculptural surfaces. His most recent video, “Blooms Assortment”, features a noodle-like form, shifting cubes, and a hollow gridded shape that resembles a geyser or mushroom cloud. Edmark has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer science and has lectured at Stanford’s design program for over fifteen years. See more of Edmark’s creations on Vimeo…

 

 



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Creating The Never-Ending Bloom: The Amazing Mathematical Wonders of John Edmark

May 5, 2017

Christopher Jobson

We’ve long marveled at artist John Edmark‘s (previously) kinetic objects that function as a medium to express a variety of mathematical formulas and concepts. The spiral-like sculptures often defy description and even when looking at them it’s hard to understand how they work, something he refers to as “instruments that amplify our awareness of the sometimes tenuous relationship between facts and perception.” The fo…

 

 



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Blooms 2: Extraordinary New Strobe-Animated Sculptures by John Edmark

January 10, 2017

Christopher Jobson

As artist John Edmark’s sculptures wiggle, wobble, and twist before your eyes like some alien creature, it’s hard to believe that what you’re seeing is a real physical object—but we assure you it is, with a bit of trick photography and some heady mathematics thrown in for good measure. Blooms 2 (a year in the making) is the latest collection of wild strobe-animated sculptures that begin life as computer programs written in Pyth…

 

 



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Flux: A Mesmerizing 3D-Printed Zoetrope that Glows

December 14, 2015

Christopher Jobson

…g a strobe light to create the animation effect, but instead appears to move when staring directly at it in regular light (or darkness). The team credits John Edmark as their inspiration due to his earlier work with Fibonacci zoetropes….

 

 



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Mathematically Precise Kinetic Sculptures and Toys by John Edmark

January 19, 2015

Christopher Jobson

…ometimes tenuous relationship between facts and perception.” Here are three of my favorites, but you can see many more on his website. Update: John Edmark’s Helicone toy is now available in the Colossal Shop….

 

 



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Fascinating 3D-Printed Fibonacci Zoetrope Sculptures

January 14, 2015

Christopher Jobson

These 3d-printed zoetrope sculptures were designed by John Edmark, and they only animate when filmed under a strobe light or with the help of a camera with an extremely short shutter speed. He shares about the project: 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 t…