These Fibonacci Sculptures Are Mesmerizing When Animated Under A Strobe Light [Video]

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These look like fluid forms but they’re actually static fibonacci sculptures created by John Edmark. By syncing the rate at which the sculptures spin to the shutter speed of the camera, it looks as thought they’re alive:

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.

It’s absolutely mesmerizing and will have you hitting that play button over and over as you try to figure out just what is really in front of your eyes.

See the video after the break.

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