Alignment

Circle Packing is a mathematical playground where the most foundational known shape (the circle) is organized based on simple rules. In this world, your size is an afterthought; rather, your relationships with your neighbors drive everything.

Alignment is an apparently randomized circle packing which nevertheless contains internal alignment. When optimizing a set of circles, it is possible to constrain specific relationships to specific angles. By manipulating the right ones, it is possible to create alignment hidden inside apparent chaos. The rectangle scribed inside the piece is simply the center lines of each intersected circle. These circles are in perfect alignment with each other despite the chaos around them. Similarly, it is possible for ourselves and people around us to appear chaotic and unmanaged, when, in truth, a hidden alignment underlies our behavior and choices. It is, however, perhaps inside that alignment where our brightest colors appear.

This piece is 27 inches high, 20 inches wide, and 3/4 of an inch thick.

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