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Some Strange Things Happen When These Mathematical Sculptures Start to Move

Artist and mathematician John Edmark creates interactive kinetic sculptures based on mathematic patterns and equations. By combining simple calculations with modern techniques for precise laser cutting, he manages to make interactive works of art that are both elegant and complex at the same time. Here are a few of our favorite pieces from his collection. You have to see them in motion to truly appreciate his genius.

This interactive kinetic sculpture creates a mesmerizing effect, dancing between order and disorder.

John Edmark

This tower has 32 layers. Each one rotates at a slightly different speed, so they all align for one brief moment of synchronicity.

John Edmark

When you rotate this tower, the levels shift by 137.5 degrees (a.k.a “The Golden Angle”), resulting in a new pattern of neatly stacked discs.

John Edmark

This star is made of up dozens of nested laser-cut matte-board layers. When you move the center piece, strange patterns appear.

John Edmark

John says, “Much of my work celebrates the patterns underlying space and growth. Through kinetic sculptures and transformable objects, I strive to give viewers access to the surprising structures hidden within apparently amorphous space. 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.”


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