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UWA Winner!

Who? Me? This is stunning, thrilling, and even a little bewildering. My Vertical Spiral Kaleidoscope actually took first place in the June challenge. There were 68 entries. I like my piece — it does have a certain hypnotic quality. But there were amazing pieces by Nessuno, Madcow, Ub, and pravda Core’s remarkable Medusa sculpt. (See pix and details) I was really humbled. I think I was not the only one questioning the decision.. But I’m happy to take the honor.

Here’s a video of the piece with a brief shot of this year’s July 4th outfit 🙂 (Details below)

(Since the competition awards were presented on July 4, I was appropriately attired in my celebratory outfit. I do some variation on this every year. It’s the only holiday I celebrate. Up the revolution!)

There where a number of kaleidoscopic pieces in the competition. Recursive construction and texture animation makes it fairly easy to make interesting complex structures. This piece started by playing with flexi tendrils. By linking 8 of them together around a circle, I could rotate them pretty easily. I used a horizontal variation of this in my ARCANA Magician tarot card diorama.

So I rotated the tendrils on a random timer that reset the speed and direction of the rotation, as well as the color. I then simply made two more copies of it so there are multiple colors and movements happening simultaneously.

There were two main innovations that made this piece interesting: the effect of changing direction, and the effect of gravity when the ring of tendrils is set vertically. The shift is direction and speed causes a whiplash effect. The effect of gravity is more subtle, but is most obvious when a ring is turning slowly. The slower the rotation, the more extended the tendrils become. So they are more prone to show the effects of gravity by falling asymmetrically.

The patterns are curiously engaging. I can’t explain why.

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