Parsimony, or the Study of Spirals
A spiral. A winding, continuous, widening curve. A staple in nature and the fundamental element of our very existence. Two three-dimensional spirals, intertwined into the double helix, forms the basis of all life. Given how common a spiral is in the natural world, and the sacred qualities humankind associates with nature, it’s no surprise that spirals have been used in a range of religious and sacred architecture for many millennia. Humankind has adopted the spiral as a symbol that represents the journey and change of life as it unfolds.
Embedded in nature is the language of mathematics. Humankind has continued to recognize the mathematical beauty of the spiral in nature and drew on this inspiration for our own modern day aesthetic creations.
This series of photos will examine how human creation has borrowed from nature to serve its own purposes. Inorganic versus organic; lifeless versus alive; non-conscious versus conscious.