John Edmark’s 3D Printed Sculptures Are Mind Boggling Optical Illusions

John Edmark’s 3D Printed Sculptures Are Mind Boggling Optical Illusions

John Edmark 1Stanford University Design lecturer John Edmark’s mind bending 3D printed sculptures, give the impression of an optical illusion when rotated on their base. His blooming zeotrope designs confuse the mind when they are rotating and lit with a strobe light, creating a false sense of movement in the leaves & patterns of the sculpture.

John Edmark 2This technique is based on ‘golden angles’ and consecutive patterns within the natural world, such as plants.

“Placement of the appendages on these sculptures is critical to the success of the animation effect. The positions are based on a specific phyllotaxy (i.e. leaf order) used by nature in a number of botanical forms, including pinecones, pineapples, sunflowers, artichokes, palm trees, & many succulents.”

Check out the videos below to see the sculptures in action.

 

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