Apr 28, 2006 - 0 Comments - Fractals -

Fractal Oddities

I’m not talking people. I mean the sort of, “Oh, isn’t that interesting” type of image that otherwise might just get deleted.

Clouds can look like animals and a fractal can look like….

Download parameter file “chairface01.zar”

…a chair.

You’ve probably already looked at the next picture and are reading this afterwards. That’s what I always do when I’m “reading” a blog with illustrations.

This Chinese vase or ceramic container raises some interesting questions about fractals and artistic design.

Download parameter file “ming01.zar”

It’s kind of freaky isn’t it? It even has handles in the right place and a chinese-looking roof-lid on the top.

The bottom has this sort of snakey or scaly dragon-shaped leg and foot thing to it. The handles on the side near the top appear to have rings dangling from a dragon’s mouth.

If you notice the reddish patches on the sides of the vase, they suggest the “object” is eight-sided, which is not too far off from many authentic chinese designs.

If at this point you think I’m lying, I suggest you load the parameter file into Tiera-Zon 2.7 and see for yourself. Try a different formula and you may discover another ceramic or cloisonne wonder.

Or maybe something more serious with less of a side-show freak appeal.

But back to the serious fractal questions. How could this fractal generated thing look so much like a chinese vase?

I think it’s because many naturally occuring organic shapes have a fractal related mechanism in their growth. Probably something like the shape of a common protien which is “iterated” by being linked into strands or combined to form a crystal like form. These in turn have been incorporated by artisans into their man-made creations.

The vase is not too far off from a coconut (with the husk) with lizard legs. Or a large corn (maise) seed cradled by a snake (and wearing the roof of a pagoda as a hat).

I think this means that the more complex fractal generators get and the futher they go by incorporating chaotic variables (to imitate real world environments), the more fractal imagery will resemble the art we’ve seen as well as producing artistic variations we could never have imagined: surreal; more than natural; or “hyper-natural.”

Hypernatural. I’ve just coined a new universe… on a Friday afternoon…