Fractal Art

“FRACTAL art?!?”, my friend said when I told him what I’d discovered. He’d heard of fractal mathematics, but not fractal art.

I found it a few years back, when I was surfing the Net for something or other. I had no idea that it existed. I looked in an older dictionary, and couldn’t even find the word “fractal.” Of course, before we could create artwork on computers, that sort of artwork didn’t exist, either.

I find it interesting that fractal art is based on mathematics. Who knew that math could be so beautiful? Since I couldn’t find a dictionary definition, I had to go to Wikipedia, where I found many complete explanations, too complicated to go into here. In a nutshell, a fractal is generally “a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole.” If you Google “fractals”, you’ll see a few examples.

If you Google “fractal art”, you will find lists of fractal art galleries, where the creators of these wonderful pieces have their work on display and for sale. One of my favorites is Douglas Cootey, but there are so many gorgeous ones it’s hard to decide.

I have thought about getting some basic software and seeing what I can come up with, because the possibilities for creating your own original art are many: fantasy art, surreal landscapes, space scenes. On posters, stationery, and printed t-shirts. And just imagine what a tattoo of a Mandelbrot set would look like! (A Mandelbrot set is a design with many intricate forms branching out from the “parent”. Each branch is composed of myriad tiny branches that are exact duplicates of the larger branch. And it keeps going on forever.)

You could create unique holiday presents that friends and family would cherish. If nothing else, take a trip to a fractal gallery and bask in the beauty.

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