'Sea Anemones' 1985
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These sea weeds with their anemone-like tentacles represent a study in organic motion. It is also an illustration of how one can create motion of apparent complexity from utter simplicity - a repeating cycle.
The exercise began with a single reed, shown elsewhere on this page. There is a rather large gap between each segment of the tentacles since the Cubicomp system used to crash if one part of the model penetrated another.
Human eye and ear take delight in aural and visual pattern. We find repeating rhythms of music deeply satisfying as we do the visual repetition of waves crashing upon a shore.
This exercise uses exactly the same animation cycle on each tentacle. However each is offset by a fraction of a second. A bit like the way a 'Mexican Wave' works really or the ripple that moves through a kicking chorus line. Complexity arises when all these tentacles move against one another making the movement visually rich to look at. Even the colours on the stems of this piece change and cycle upwards.