Friday, December 20, 2013

Tom Beddards' Fabergé Fractals















After studying physics at Nottingham University, Beddard went on to receive a PhD in lazer physics at St. Andrews University in Scotland where he developed a deep fascination with the aesthetics of detail and complexity that is the result of simple mathematical or algorithmic processes. His fractal sculptures are like mathematically generated faberge eggs. Full of minute details, the closer you get, the more intricacies emerge. I can't help but think, what spectacular prints these would make!
"The 3D fractals are generated by iterative formulas whereby the output of one iteration forms the input for the next. The formulas effectively fold, scale, rotate or flip space. They are truly fractal in the fact that more and more detail can be revealed the closer to the surface you travel.
The fascinating aspect is where combinations of parameters can combine to create structural “resonances” of extraordinary detail and beauty—sometimes naturally organic and other times perfectly geometric. But then like a chaotic system it can completely disappear with the smallest perturbation."

Inspired by winter