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Amazing Sculptures ‘Magically’ Come Alive When Spun Under a Strobe Light

What you see is not always what it seems.

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Optical illusions are images that the brain perceives differently from the objective reality. The eye receives information that does not match the physical appearance and measurement of the stimulus source. Often, these illusions are fun to watch. But when such kind of art is coupled with mathematics, it produces magical results.

Take these 3D-printed sculptures for example. Created by John Edmark, an inventor, designer, artist, and lecturer in Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, these works of art become alive when spun under the a strobe light at just the right speed. The rotation speed must be set to match the flashes of the strobe light; that is, the strobe light flashes each time the sculpture rotates at 137.5º.

So aside from the strobe light and the well-calculated rotation speed, what makes these scuptures unique?

Two words.

Fibonacci sequence.

The proportions of the sculptures correspond to the Fibonacci sequence, which is a sequence of numbers where the next number is found by adding up the two numbers before it. It looks like this…

0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987, 1597, 2584, 4181, 6765, 10946, 17711, 28657, 46368, 75025, 121393, 196418, 317811

…and so on and so forth.

What makes the Fibonacci sequence so special? We may not notice it, but it’s everywhere – the branches in a tree, the leaves on a stem, tapered pinecones, the arrangement of sunflower seeds, and the nautilus shell, to name a few. One of the reasons why the sequence is particularly evident in plants is that such arrangement of leaves on a stem allows sunlight to hit each leaf. When this happens, plants undergo proper photosynthesis, and grow stronger and healthier. You see, we have seen the Fibonacci sequence on several occasions without us even knowing.

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Edmark wrote about the sculptures on his website:

“While art is often a vehicle for fantasy, my work is an invitation to plunge deeper into our own world and discover just how astonishing it can be. In experiencing a surprising behavior, one’s sense of wonder and delight is increased by the recognition that it is occurring within the context of actual physical constraints. The works can be thought of as instruments that amplify our awareness of the sometimes tenuous relationship between facts and perception.

I employ precise mathematics in the design and fabrication of my work. I do this neither out of a desire to exhibit precision per se, nor to exalt the latest technology, but because the questions I’m trying to formulate and answer about spatial relationships can only be addressed with geometrically exacting constructions. Mathematical precision is an essential ally in my goal of achieving clarity.”

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Edmark’s works are a representation of the cliche “things are not always what they seem.” We may perceive that the sculptures are moving and transforming, but in reality these objects are rigid and have fixed shapes. For years, mathematicians, philosphers, and artists have delved into the relationship between visual perception and objective reality, and Edmark’s works have successfully illustrated its baffling yet astonishing nature.

What do you think of the sculptures? Share your thoughts in the comments section below, and doon’t forget to share this post with your friends on Facebook!

H/T: SFGlobe

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MOMS Check out these amusing photos of everyday motherhood problems! You will surely see yourself in it and would definitely love it! This is worth SHARING to all moms out there!

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Motherhood is love and joy. It is when you are able to learn more things, like being strong for the children and being able to do something you never thought is possible. Parenthood is how you love through the ups and down, and the love you give lasts a lifetime from birth to eternity. It is something you choose and love despite the challenges life brings, a treasure you will forever cherish.

Below are illustrations from Natalia Sabransky, she is from Argentina. Natalia is a wife and a new mother. Her husband is Gaston and his son is named Santiago. She posted her illustrations in her website Mama Ilustrada because she wanted other moms to relate about everyday motherhood experiences and make mothers feel that they are not alone. The characters in her drawings are played by her, his husband and son. Natalia Sabransky wants to encourage moms about their role and let them see themselves in her illustrations.

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The Internet Is Going Bonkers Over This Very Puzzling Illustration Challenge

This illustration puzzle is the new Internet craze and it’s worth the hype.

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What about it? This illustration challenge created by webcomic illustrator Gergely Dudas, best known as the Dudolf is everything you need today-- confusing, engaging and fun activity for everyone to enjoy (and get frustrated about for some).

A week ago, the Hungarian artist posted the image on Facebook which quickly went viral. It already received more than 90,000 likes and 161,000 shares. "The struggle is indeed real" but the satisfaction you get after successfully completing this photo puzzle makes it even more interesting.

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Farmer Creates Awesome Two-Acre Christmas Greeting Card From Snow

One wrong move with that tractor and the snowy Christmas greeting card gets ruined!

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Christmas time is here once again and we're sure people all over the world are feeling the vibe, not to mention the Christmas shopping rush in cities.

During these days, people flock to malls to get the perfect holiday gift for their loved ones. After all, it's the season for sharing, giving and spreading love. This is why more than material presents, it is important to remember that it's the thought that counts and that the actual desire to make someone happy is the ultimate goal of gift-giving.

With that said, we believe that the good 'ol Christmas greeting cards are still the sincerest gift anyone could ever give and receive this season. It may be simple, cheap and not so luxurious, but the message that comes with it, especially the handwritten, personalized ones is the best!

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