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the cave

A seemingly plain cube comes to life on the inside with each surface displaying an incredible garden of organic branching forms. This sculpture explores the concept of Laplacian growth and was created using a numerical model of 3D isotropic dendritic solidification. Laplacian growth is a structure which expands at a rate proportional to the gradient of a laplacian field. It can be seen in a myriad of systems, including crystal growth, dielectric breakdown, corals, Hele-Shaw cells, and random matrix theory.

 

Process

Form grown in software written by the Nervous System in Processing that simulates dendritic solidification. 3D-Printed via Selective Laser Sintering in nylon.

 

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Taken on June 14, 2012