Universal Patterns

Creator: Kaan Soravit Yumlu

Medium: Digital Art

Nature’s tendency to find the shortest path can create beautiful fractals: the arteries in our lungs, the drainage pattern of rivers to Lichtenberg figures of electrical discharge. Similarly, nature’s tendency to keep the minimal surface area for a given volume can form foam structures, patterns on a giraffe’s skin and even the large scale dark matter structure of the Universe. Taking a course on physics and art (PHYS 498) this semester, through juxtaposition of patterns in different scales in the Universe, the artwork I created aimed to show how these seemingly irrelevant patterns are connected on a very fundamental level. To me, it is magical to see how these connections can not only help humans understand how nature works​ in very different fields​ but also define a sense of aesthetics.