YE QiLan,
Stellar Bloom,
1998
Most spirals, generated by students in past years
in the Formative Design Studio, have been compound,
geometric spirals with rotational periods that are factors
of 360
There may be innumerable ways to construct such a
spiral, but this is the way this designer has done it.
The period of her spiral (67 |

The finalized image presented here is but one of several different gestalts that can be obtained by virtue of the way that colors are applied. This student employed the power of the computer to do the heavyweight calculations of the coordinates of the petal elements, as they dilate by 1.1. The irksome (to non-mathematicians) calculating and the onerous approximating of incremental changes that are virtually unscalable can, however, be totally avoided through the construction of meticulous logarithmic progressions according to antique methods. |

Without the computer scaling incremental
measures that are more than likely unwieldy,
the successive, dilatative transformation of
any one point can be readily plotted in keeping
with the exquisite limitations of the Platonic
rules of geometrizing. A device for this job
may be called a "dilatation truss." To construct
this truss, draw to the right a horizontal base line
from an origin of dilatation |