Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe
Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou say’st,
‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.’
Though trained in the liberal arts, my career is in engineering. Perhaps that makes me more open than some to the idea of Geometry as Art… but I see it this way: What else better combines pure mathematical Truth with subtly profound Beauty than geometric shapes as lovingly rendered and highlighted with color as these: the work of Wizard Gynoid?
Those, and others equally fascinating (and more difficult to photograph) are currently on exhibit at the University of Western Australia’s sim UWA VIRTLANTIS. You can also read what Wizzy has to say about her work in UWA’s blog.
This geometry dances in a stately manner, its motion — aided by an ambient soundtrack — bringing a calming stillness to the observer.
I must confess that my engineer side wants to know, “How is it done?” I have tried in my clumsy way to construct precise geometry with prims, and have been frustrated at nearly every attempt to extend it out of a single plane. Part of me craves the algorithms and formulae Wizzy uses to generate her constructions, as well as the script code Miso had to write to get her rectangles to cycle through shape and color while moving in three dimensions — yet the rest of me is satisfied to leave the mystery to the wizards.
Excuse me: to the Artists.