Merging Paradigms

Brent Collins
Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science (1999)
Pages 205–210


The author narrates the organic integration of two formerly separate negative curvature design paradigms to form a third metaphorically viewed as a motif cycle of "atomic flowers". This blending of motifs could be regarded as a classic illustration of the aphoristic injunction to "connect, always connect", which also characterizes the Bridges' project of a continuum across disciplines. The author, a non-mathematician, has sought to create a visual aesthetic of mathematical relationships in subtle resonance with the natural world, and in effect an art whose provenance may seem as much natural as cultural, reminding us the dichotomy between them is merely a convention deceiving our place in nature, a deceit only bridged by the delicate lattice of illumination.