Composite Diffusion Limited Aggregation Paintings

Gary R. Greenfield
Bridges Donostia: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2007)
Pages 15–20


Diffusion limited aggregation (DLA) is a modelling technique for simulating dendritic growth that has seen widespread application in the physical, biological, and social sciences. We introduce an artistic component to the basic technique by adding special effects parameters to a single particle, random walk DLA aggregation scheme. Our goal is to explore the potential of the enhanced scheme as a medium for algorithmic art. We use compositing to make collages of DLA patterns and we give examples of our resulting “DLA paintings”.