04-01

04-01. Zoisite #7.

One last zoisite from Merelani Hills, Tanzania. This mineral took me places I really was not expecting. Not having any preconceived ideas about the visuals I’m doing makes it all the more fun!

As far as I know, the Masai from around the Kilimanjaro range don’t have a significant visual art tradition, yet they are a warm and vibrant people. Could it be related to the land they live on?

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03-31

03-31. Zoisite #6.

Sometimes it’s better not to fight with inspiration!

This is not my normal style, this is not what I was expecting, but this design kept imposing itself to me over and again, draft after draft. I changed the resource settings, the orientation, even the structure parameters and it kept coming back at me like a “jazzy” Keith Haring – New York subway kind of image. I just had to surrender to it I guess! Zoisite is a very disconcerting mineral.

From a resource by Alvaro, Angel & Camara.

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03-30

03-30. Zoisite #5.

Same mineral than yesterday, same location – what a different perspective! Nature (and maths) are beautiful.

From a resource by Alvaro, Angel & Camara: zoisite from Merelani Hills, Tanzania.

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03-29

03-29. Zoisite #4.

I just realized something very important.

I’ve enjoyed going over the UofA mineralogy resources for the last 3 months. I’ve appreciated their authors’ good work and inspiration. But at the end of the day, someone has to go and get the mineral first! Mining is a hard, demanding job. Without it, we wouldn’t know how much wealth and beauty we have under our feet.

So today-  here’s to the miners and the many that bring such beautiful minerals to the surface of the planet for our enjoyment.

In this image, the structure is there, so are the atoms. I used different textures and light effects to make the background look like a mine pit. The odd shape in the foreground is a representation of the Van der Walls forces on a zoisite crystal found in Merelani Hills, Tanzania.

Database resource by Alvaro, Angel & Camara.

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03-28

03-28. Zoisite #3.

I don’t know what it is – there is something playful in this zoisite crystal from Merelani, Tanzania. The tangram-like structures all dancing in step maybe?

From a resource by Alvaro, Angel & Camara.

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03-27

03-27. Zoisite #2.

A perfume bottle or a modern table lamp? Tanzanite is an elegant crystal indeed!

Actually, it is the rendering of a clinozoisite and zoisite atoms structure resource by Comodi & Zanazzi.

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03-26

03-26. Zoisite #1.

Zoisite is the mineral I selected for week #13. It was first described by A. G. Werner in 1805 and named after naturalist Sigmund Zois, who sent him a specimen from Carinthia.

Zoisite is part of the orthorhombic group. It is usually found in small quantity. It does not have significant use in industry because it is not extremely hard but high-grade zoisite is often cut and polished for ornamental and jewelry uses.

Tanzanite, a subset of zoisite, was discovered in the 1960s and has become a very popular gem among collectors because of its transparent bluish color. Remarkably, the only known source of Tanzanite is a five square mile hilltop at Merelani, next to the Kilimanjaro mountain range.

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