Relax – it’s all part of one big pattern

Patterned by Nature was commissioned by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences ( for the newly built Nature Research Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The exhibit celebrates our abstraction of nature’s infinite complexity into patterns through the scientific process, and through our perceptions. It brings to light the similarity of patterns in our universe, across all scales of space and time.
10 feet wide and 90 feet in length, this sculptural ribbon winds through the five story atrium of the museum and is made of 3600 tiles of LCD glass. It runs on roughly 75 watts, less power than a laptop computer. Animations are created by independently varying the transparency of each piece of glass.
The content cycles through twenty programs, ranging from clouds to rain drops to colonies of bacteria to flocking birds to geese to cuttlefish skin to pulsating black holes. The animations were created through a combination of algorithmic software modeling of natural phenomena and compositing of actual footage.
An eight channel soundtrack accompanies the animations on the ribbon, giving visitors clues to the identity of the pixelated movements. In addition, two screens show high resolution imagery and text revealing the content on the ribbon at any moment.
Patterned by Nature was created by
Plebian Design –
Hypersonic Design & Engineering –
Patten Studio –
Sosolimited –

10 comments on “Relax – it’s all part of one big pattern

  1. eof737 says:

    What a remarkable project… My head is still spinning… 🙂

  2. Lady E says:

    Very poetic… 🙂

  3. Thanks for sharing. I love art! I captures life so beautifully.

  4. I love the idea, though I think it needs to be experienced to be really understood!

  5. Worrywart says:

    This makes me realize that not only do I need to get my body in shape, but my brain could stand some working out as well.

  6. granbee says:

    This wonderful video just shows once again that there is nothing–no, not NOTHING–new under the sun!

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