After playing with a Mandelbrot fractal for a while, I discovered the rough outline of a stem and flower pattern, motivating me to make the above. Amusingly, I almost abandoned this piece after I showed Mom this intermediate image, and she said that it looked not like a vased rose, but rather, female genitalia =P
Self-similarity patterns: The blue petal head has grooves which whirlpool infinitely into two vertigo-like drains. The leaves also have interesting patterns. Check out these zoom-ins to see four-leaf groups growing inside four-leaf groups, ad infinitum.
Blue roses do not naturally exist. They can only be bred artifically, by cultivating white rose buds in a blue pigment that eventually permeates the petals. Consequently, I feel that the blue rose makes a good symbol for fractal art, which mixes human creativity with mathematical structures that seem directly taken from nature.
- W.Wu, 8/3/2003 7:59PM