Saturday, 23 March 2013

Fractal Art

Thanks to Olive Dorben I've become aware of this ever changing art exhibition:

3D Mandelbrot Fractal Art by Mac Kanashimi, 2013
- A minimalist exhibition at LEA: Linden Endowment for the Arts


Title: 3D Mandelbrot Fractal Art
Size: 256W, 256D, 64H/96H (meter)

[About the artwork]
The 3D Mandelbrot Fractal Art exhibit showcases sim-wide variations of mandelbrot fractal art.
The spectacular script-controlled fractal landscape changes many times throughout the day.
3D Mandelbrot Fractal Art is Mac Kanashimi's largest work until now.

The exhibit shows three types of fractal:
- Mesh boxes, calculated pixel by pixel {1}.
  The three variations are: tall boxes, floating top, dropped top.
- Two mesh box layers with cylinders or spheres on top, calculated using the
  Distance Bound Method {1}. The six variations are:
  cylinders, cylinder stalactites, cylinder stalagmites,
  spheres, floating spheres, semispheres.
- 8 spheres, 8 tori, 8 tubes or 8 rings, calculated pixel by pixel {1}.
  Fixed resolution 96 x 192 pixels. The three variations are:
  hollow, inside out, complement.

A specially written C program does:
- calculate the number of iterations,
- group pixels of equal iteration into one prim where possible,
- prevent visible overlapping tall boxes and visible empty spaces below tall boxes,
- divide prims into objects of 1, 3, 7, 15, 31, 63, 127 or 255 prims,
- ensure that the object is compliant with the linkability rule {4}.
Each fractal type is stored on notecards.
The colors are generated using HSL and converted to RGB {3}.

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