Before I begin to introduce this new piece, I would like to thank all of the nice people who visited my studio/gallery this past weekend for the Oxford Studio Tour, and showed such fascinated interest in my fractal art. You really do help me keep the inspiration fresh!
As you may know, clouds exhibit fractal geometry. Mandelbrot’s famous quote:
“Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line.”
is certainly a confirmation of that if you needed it. That quote is from the very first paragraph of his book The Fractal Geometry of Nature and he discusses the topic in several places throughout it.
I took the photo of these clouds at sunset one evening here in Otterville. Living down close to the historic mill in this little town, we don’t always get the best view of sunsets, but every now and then there is a spectacular one that must be photographed. And of course since I am interested in the cloud geometry, I also like the way it is highlighted by the colours.
It seemed like a very natural place for this fractal, created in Oxidizer, to occupy. The shape immediately brought to mind something happening in the sky, perhaps a place Zeus would be. There was an obvious (to me) song title that came to mind too, and perhaps you can guess what it was, or maybe not. But it didn’t quite interpret this the way I wanted, and I was stumped for a while trying to think of a title. I liked the little spirals and the curved shapes reminded me of somersaults, and I still felt there was a musical component.
After having it printed on acrylic, and hanging it on my gallery wall, I showed it to my son, and asked him what he thought I should call it. It didn’t take him very long to say “Aerials” and although the word on its own is ideal, I immediately knew he was referring to the song by System of a Down. It is on their Toxicity album. I confess I only know it (and all the other metal that I like) because of my son, but it is truly one of my favourite songs of all, and I hope they don’t mind me naming this piece of art after their music. I agreed with him that it is the perfect title. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it myself. My suggestion is that you first go find and read the lyrics. Then listen to the song. I think you might agree too.