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Chambered Nautilus Shell+base by ou8nrtist2 Chambered Nautilus Shell+base by ou8nrtist2
As some of you may know ,I am a metal sculptor who often uses Sacred Geometry in my art and constructions.
I have tackled the challenge of making a (large) NAUTILUS SHELL in stainless steel. I started from the premise that it represented the PHI or Fibonacci spiral. I plotted the spiral on a large piece of paper to make a pattern for the cutting of the metal sheet to make up the two sides of the creatures shell. I have a small sliced REAL nautilus shell,and I placed it on the pattern and simply couldn't find where it mated up...This was rather vexing I can tell you. I'd heard pretty much since I began my studies in Sacred Geometry through the popular literature that the nautilus shell was the QUINTESSENTIAL example of the Fibonacci spiral,but when it came time to accomplish this construction the spiral DID NOT MATCH THE PHI SPIRAL.
Here's a link to a short paper published by the British mathematician John Sharp explaining why...
www.emis.de/journals/NNJ...4n1-pt04.html

It turns out the Chambered Nautilus shell DOES NOT represent the Fibonacci Spiral but rather a logarithmic spiral based on 3. In the article above there is a comparison of the two spirals showing clearly that they are NOT congruent.
I think the fact that there is so much popular literature stating that the Nautilus represents the Fibonacci spiral or the Golden Spiral is simply a case of so many people accepting what is written without actually questioning it. And if there is a certain number of people who accept it as truth,it no longer bears the scrutiny of inquisitive minds. Had I not built an actual sculpture of this fantastic and wonderful form,I never would have questioned it myself. But when I completed the first Nautilus(based on the Fibonacci Spiral),it was so obviously distorted I knew something was wrong...So this one you see here is my second attempt and actually conforms to the REAL spiral evident in the Chambered Nautilus shell.
Technique:
As with the first one, I made a paper pattern(this time off a real nautilus shell),overlaid it on two pre-formed bowl shapes in stainless steel.
after cutting the mirror image spirals with my plasma cutter,I formed a tapering strip that connects the two sides and is welded all the way round the form,ground and polished. The stand is made from mild steel and I turned OFF the shielding gas on my wire feed welder in order to encrust and carbeurize the surface.Turning off the shielding gas allows oxygen to combine in the weldment. the steel literally burns and the weldment becomes quite porous. I then used a spray bottle of copper sulfate in solution,spraying it on the work as I heated areas with the torch and sort of burned it in. I was trying to get an effect as if it had been beneath the sea for a very long time and had only recently been retrieved...
I would like to stress at this point that the fact that the Nautilus Pompilius does not conform to the Fibonacci Spiral does not in any way reduce our fascination or admiration with such an exquisite form. To my eye nearly ALL logarithmic spirals are gorgeous,remind one of Nature ,and as such are Sacred.
Sacred Geometry is about a PATTERN in the known Universe of structure and proportion. It is NOT about obsessive adherence to arcane laws that counter critical OBSERVATION and REASON.
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fractalhead Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
lovely work
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DPBJewelry Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
I have degrees in both math and engineering and you almost lost me on the explanation (almost...). Sacred or natural or perfectly non-perfect, this is really exquisite, the stand almost as awesome as the focal piece. Truly an artist, making the whole presentation so eye catching.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional
Thank you Dusty...
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magbhitu Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
great patina technique with the base btw. i've used feric nitrate on steel but never coppric to such a dramatic effect. i'll add that to the bag of tricks for sure- thanks.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional
Thank you,
Here in wine country (Sonoma county)Copper sulfate is prevalent and readily available as a fungicide.The patina I did on this piece is very unstable (turns to rust) unless you spray it with a lacquer almost immediately.
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Somebodylost Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional
Thank you.
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artcreater784 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
i personally like this one better than the other
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional
I actually have another smaller one I've made that's also less "finished".It definitely has it's own aesthetic.
I'll post it soon and you can compare the two...but i totally get what you mean...
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Skipyau Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
I've cited this/you as reference to the subtle inaccuracy of the Golden Ratio's application to nature in an essay on the Italian Renaissance that I've written for my course.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional
These links may also help Peter.
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I'd love to read your essay,if that's OK.
And also what school are you attending?
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Skipyau Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Hey, thanks for those resources, they're actually quite interesting! :)

I'm attending a half-cocked tertiary institute in South Melbourne, Australia called JMC Academy, my course being Bachelor of creative technology (essentially a generalised Digital Animation degree (expensive and only useful for working out what you don't want to do with the rest of your life)).

That essay is possibly not the most grand, or even my best, as it was very rushed, it was focused on the Sistene Chapel fresco "Christ Giving the Keys to Peter" or "The Delivery of the Keys" (whichever is less inconsistent) by Pietro Perugino. - 'Analyse, in it's historical context, an artwork that appeals to you.' - it was mostly just short regurgitated commentary/opinions with citation and unfounded speculation. This is unfortunate, but, if you still want to read it then by all means - I'll work out a way to do that later this evening.

Peace.
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mihoshigurl Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
wow you did an amazing job :clap:
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Professional
thank you...
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mihoshigurl Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
you're welcome
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hanulgil Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
It's beautiful... good work....
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional
Thank you Peter...
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Othersign Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
Congratulation,
your works are really outstanding
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Professional
Thank you Massimo,
This is one of my favorite pieces.
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SeurAaron Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
I live near an area of bay where the water turns brakish. I would be tempted to try suspending a piece or two from the dock in order to get real barnacles to grow on them. Might take a year or so. I like the finish on the stand.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Professional
Thank you,
I have a wonderful goat skull that my diver friend found in 70ft of water off the coast of an island in Mexico with barnacles on it.They definitely add a most curious ambiance...
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SeurAaron Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
Undoubtedly the remains of the barbeque of some middle eastern tourists. lol
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Professional
Or it could've been merely local fisherman hungry for something other than fish...
It's from an island where the goats have grown wild and have no predators.
I think the local fisher-folk go there to "hunt"...
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SeurAaron Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
lol. Free groceries are always good.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Professional
Probably butchered the critter in the boat and tossed the skull over the side.
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Mark-Tamaro Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the setting you chose for the shell. Yes a cross section wall piece would be outstanding!!!! Such a beautiful form.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Professional
Stay tuned,
I'm about halfway done with the wall sconces.
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Mark-Tamaro Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic! Can't wait to see it!!!
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Qeenjamaika Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
wow,so sweet))
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Professional
Thank you Maya...
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winteryvisions Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Gorgeous piece of work.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Professional
Thank you Pat...
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winteryvisions Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
You're quite welcome! :D
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RhouenRhu Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Mater Dolorosa ... total ;-)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Professional
Latin for"sorrowful mother"?
I don't understand the connection...
Do you mean the Hymn Stabat Mater dolorosa?
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Little-Vampire Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks like you had lots of troubles with this, but the result is awesome. Wonderful metal work, you've been really good at it! :clap:
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional
thank you...
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Djoseph Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
This is so very cool. The nautilus is one of my favourite animals ever. :)
I've always admired your patience and skill when it comes to crafting the likeness of nature in metal. I just wish I could hold and touch it.
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Professional
Thank you Joseph,
It is strangely tactile.
I think we feel an intrinsic affinity with natural objects and forms,and yet there seems so little in object design today.
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Djoseph Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
A pity in a way. I've always loved to have natural materials around me, and shapes as well I suppose. The furniture you do on commission is pretty far from standard though. :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional
That's me,
"pretty far from standard"LOL.
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Djoseph Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
:thumbsup:
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unmerwe Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely! Great idea :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Professional
Thank you !
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unmerwe Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure!:)
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
It is simply beautiful :D It doesn't need to be a fibonacci spiral to achieve that. Nature's good at coming up with clever things that are pleasing to the human eye too (maybe because nature made the human eye as well :))
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Professional
You got it Jen,
Nature is the greatest artist of all.
I just find endless inspiration in the Natural world.
I know you do too.
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
We are but pale imitators :)
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Professional
Especially this time of year...LOL
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Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
speaking as a fair northen skinned person it doesn't change that much, apart from going red of course :laughing:
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