07-14. Goethite #6.

So I am working on this composition and can’t find a background that fits. I try and I try – nothing. I’m thinking – to counterbalance the geometry of the Goethite crystal and the mechanical feel of this clean pattern, why not bring in something completely opposite and organic – like flowers? I look for flower patterns on Google and before I know, I am scanning through Japanese screens from the Edo period. I think – nice – that will be a subtle way to bring the VESTA programmers in the visualization. Most of this program’s coders are Japanese, I assume. I’ve already noticed a definite cultural signature in the program you don’t find in the US or European programs. AI tend to acquire the sensitivity of their makers, especially in the visual field.

So now, I’m working at integrating my Japanese Edo screen in the visualization and out of curiosity, I look for the name of the flower being depicted. Chrysanthemum it is – and it gets even better! I find that Goethe wrote about it in a book called “The Metamorphosis of Plants“.

I guess that how art is being made. Thanks for the inspiration Johann-Wolfgang. Now, how this mineral ended being named after you, it’s for someone else to tell…




07-09. Goethite #1.

Azurite to Goethite. From the clouds in the sky to the ground of the earth – I will explore the geometry of Goethite for week #28 of this tour of Geometry of Nature.

Goethite is a pervasive little mineral found all over the planet and even on Mars. Its crystal is orthorhombic and dipyramidal. Technical manuals describe Goethite as a form of concretions, stalactitic formations, oolites, reniform or botryoidal accumulations – a poetic descriptive that would have amused the writer in Goethe, as the crystal was named after him in the early 1800s.

Like azurite, goethite is also one of the first mineral used as a painting pigment. Traces of it have been found in the prehistoric wall painting of Lascaux. The story goes, it was used in the dyes of King Gordias burial robe because Phrygians though that over time it would start glowing like gold. In Asia, red-orange or reddish brown Goethite pigments, known in Japanese as bengara and ōdo, have also been traditional pigments used in Kofun tomb paintings, early temple paintings and Edo period art production.

The later must have inspired this image!