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Fractal Geometry of the Natural World

For Immediate Release:
September 01, 2007

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Fractal Geometry of the Natural World

Oil Paintings by Spanish Artist Theo
In Collaboration with El Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe (Valenica, Spain)
September 14, 2007 - January 6, 2008



Spanish artist Theo depicts the mystery of mathematics and the seemingly endless expansion of fractals in oil paintings on display at the Exploratorium from September 14, 2007 -










A painting from Fractal
Geometry of the Natural
World

January 6, 2008. Fractal Geometry of the Natural World, presented in collaboration with El Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe, in Valencia, Spain, presents paintings that unify the balance of nature and the beauty of reality with math theory, science, and the order within chaos. Fractal Geometry of the Natural World is included in the price of admission to the Exploratorium.

These works experiment with dissipated and fractal structures. They are suggestive of everything from atoms to entropy, the past, the future, and refractability. They are beautiful and evocative suggestions of the infinite possibilities of the order and the chaos that is nature. For the artist, the works bring culture back from its distance from nature, forging "a harmonic relationship, an ever-changing world, where both energy and matter flow, fluctuate and advance."
In colloquial usage, a fractal is "a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be subdivided in parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole." The term was coined by Benoît Mandelbrot in 1975 and was derived from the Latin fractus meaning "broken" or "fractured."

Because they appear similar at all levels of magnification, fractals are often considered to be infinitely complex. Natural objects that approximate fractals to a degree include clouds, mountain ranges, lightning bolts, coastlines, and snow flakes. However, not all self-similar objects are fractals.

Theo has exhibited widely within Spain, including exhibitions in Valencia and Madrid.




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