In "Art and Nature", Arcy Douglass (writing for PORT – www.portlandart.net) brought us up to date on how artists have used natural processes and math to influence their work. A few artists have been interested in and able to absorb what science and technology have to teach. Now, science becomes more accessible, through the efforts of huge undertakings like Google, and because on a small scale thousands of technical artists and designers are working with scientists and mathematicians to improve our visualization of natural processes. Our exposure doesn't stop with our last science or math class in school. Science journals and graduate level books aren't required to tap into a lot of the amazing work going on.
Sylvia Earle said to Google, “You’ve done a great job with the dirt. But what about the water?” (See http://www.nytimes.com/200
From Google Earth. The Pacific Ocean floor, off the coast of Maui.
From Google Earth. The Pacific Ocean floor, off the coast of southeast Mexico.
This gratuitous image from my Squared Spiral series has nothing to do with the ocean scape, but it was built in Flash Actionscript, and is influenced by the math concept of tessellation or tiling of the plane.