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COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR

Pasadena, CA

The “aerogami” forms are derived from five basic patterns. They suggest a range of shapes from a classic child’s toy plane, flying animal shapes found in origami and more scientific paper designs used in studies on aerodynamics. In addition, each are folded in a unique way to play back and forth between these natural and man-made references. 

 

At night, these shapes come to life as moving images of bird, plane and leaf motifs projected onto the central Magnolia tree, flocking together to form its canopy, pausing and then proceeding to disperse. Repeating over the course of the evening, the tree appears to be constantly making and remaking itself, offering itself as metaphor for human interaction and communication while alluding to the process of spontaneous social group formation in nature through flocking, shoaling or swarming.

Photography: William Short Photography