Thursday Salute to Originals: Spinning Sculptures

Over the existence of our Thursday Salute blog series, we’ve highlighted a number of sculptures, photographic pieces, and even Mother Nature’s own artwork. But we don’t often come across an original that combines all three, with a twist!

John Edmark boasts quite the resume: artist, designer, inventor, and professor at Stanford University. And with his keen design eye and Mother Nature’s mathematical algorithms, he creates stunning sculptures. These pieces are noteworthy in their own right, boasting intricate precision and texture. But when set on a turntable and photographed with high shutter speeds, the sculptures transform into mesmerizing animations, twisting, writhing, morphing, and moving as if they were alive.

Blooms: Strobe-Animated Sculptures from Pier 9 on Vimeo.

A lot of science, mathematics, and precision goes into these trippy creations. But we think Edmark sums it up the best: “Much of my work celebrates the patterns underlying space and growth. Through kinetic sculptures and transformable objects, I strive to give viewers access to the surprising structures hidden within apparently amorphous space.” And for that, we salute you John!