It looks like a regular sculpture. But when it spins – I can’t believe my eyes.


The Fibonacci sequence, a mathematical concept derived its name from an Leonardo of Pisa, who was a mathematician from an Italian origin. Fibonacci features a series of numbers 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 …where the next number is found by adding up the two numbers before it. Fibonacci was indeed a force to be reckoned with in mathematics during the middle ages. This sequence named after him appears in biological settings such as the pattern in which branches grow on trees, the pattern of growth of leaves on a stem and the fruit sprouts of a pineapple amongst others. It is also used in computer algorithms, graphs, search techniques etc

This sequence was employed by John Edmark a design teacher at Stanford University in the design of 3D printed sculptures that when placed under a strobe light and spun at just the correct frequency, makes the sculptures seem animated. John Edmark is every inch an artist and a very brilliant inventor because it is really a complex world when you decide to marry art with mathematics but the end result is no doubt very beautiful if not magical.

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