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"Evolution of the Twin Tornados, " by Hartmut F. W. Höft (professor emeritus, Eastern Michigan University, Ann Arbor, MI)

7.5" x 9" (10.5" x 12" framed), archival photographic digital paper, 2013

"I like to experiment with simple planar geometric figures. Starting with one outline I move it, rotate it, and change its proportions. "

In this picture 12 images are arranged in a spiral. A primordial sea in the center starts the process. One parameter of the spine function increases, then stays constant, while the other increases and then decreases again. As the sequence progresses along the spiral the spine function increases in complexity so that the images billow out like clouds and then start separating into two funnels as the second parameter decreases again. Each image on the spiral is composed of 289 ellipses with a closed spine curve though it does not appear to be closed since the axes of the elipses decrease to zero at the bottom. The graphics were rendered in Mathematica 8 and printed on archival, photographic digital paper. --- Hartmut F. W. Höft (

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