A fractal is a mathematical set that exhibits a repeating pattern displayed at every scale. It is also known as expanding symmetry or evolving symmetry. If the replication is exactly the same at every scale, it is called a self-similar pattern. At their inception, they were based on pure mathematics, but now their applications are seen in physics, chemistry, earth and geological sciences, engineering, and transport physics.
Going by the name ‘subBlue’, Tom Beddard, an Englishman with a PhD from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, has produced ‘Fabergé Fractals’ being inspired by the beautiful creations from the House of Fabergé. Just like the ornate Fabergé eggs that were produced in Russia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Beddard’s creations are incredibly detailed, with labyrinthine curves and lines snaking across each object’s many sides.
“The 3D fractals are generated by iterative formulas whereby the output of one iteration forms the input for the next. The formulas effectively fold, scale, rotate or flip space. They are truly fractal in the fact that more and more detail can be revealed the closer to the surface you travel.
The fascinating aspect is where combinations of parameters can combine to create structural ‘resonances’ of extraordinary detail and beauty—sometimes naturally organic and other times perfectly geometric. But then like a chaotic system it can completely disappear with the smallest perturbation.”
Surface detail from subBlue on Vimeo.