Natural patterns


Take your finger and draw this line. Summer, fall, winter, spring,noon, dusk, dark, dawn. Have you ever seen those stratus clouds that go in parallel stripes across the sky? Did you know that’s a continuous sheet of cloud that’s dipping in and out of the condensation layer? What if every seemingly isolated object was actually just where the continuous wave of that object poked through into our world? The Earth is neither flat nor round. It’s wavy(…)
But My daughter is not a wave. Despite the cycles of hunger and eating, waking and sleeping, laughing and crying would emerge as pattern. If I did that, too much would be lost.

This tension between the need to look deeper and the beauty and immediacy of the world, where if you even try to look deeper you’ve already missed what you’re looking for, this tension is what makes the sculptures move. And for me, the path between these two extremes takes the shape of a wave.”
Reuben Margolin at TED

We are meant to look after patterns, the perfect ratio, the mathematical equations for success or the famous golden number… We clumsily try to reproduce nature. We analyse it to extract data, to have a better understanding of what our eyes cannot see. But the results are often misleading.

That’s why I appreciate so much Reuben Margolin’s approach. He is only reproducing patterns, regardless being close to nature.

From my point of view we should look at data with a similar eye. Sure, data can be useful to nail down some behaviours. But I believe that as soon as we use it, there is a possibility to be mesmerized by it, and consequently we might miss the obvious facts, the ones that only reflection and mental processes can find.

Artwork : David

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