Interwoven Patterns of Nature

The Art of Diana Scherer

Diana Scherer grows and cultivates her art by “planting oat and wheat seeds in soil, and then carefully, meticulously, warping the growth pattern.”, wired writes.
Organic growth transformed into aesthetic outwordly systems, structures, and patterns: “I think that people, they cherish nature, but on the other hand they are really quite cruel with nature,” Scherer says. “Like the gardener is telling us he loves nature, but the garden has to look like what he wants it to in his mind. He has to crop and prune and use poison.”

In our daily lives we just see what’s above the soil: leaves, stems and shafts, blooms. But Diana’s art shows us new grounds and worlds.

Quote and Images from wired on tumblr. Read more at wired’s long post.

Tree Rings Played on a Record Player

"This is an excerpt from the record Years, created by Bartholomäus Traubeck, which features seven recordings from different Austrian trees including Oak, Maple, Walnut, and Beech. What you are hearing is an Ash tree’s year ring data. Every tree sounds vastly unique due to varying characteristics of the rings, such as strength, thickness and rate of growth.

Keep in mind that the tree rings are being translated into the language of music, rather than sounding musical in and of themselves. Traubeck’s one-of-a-kind record player uses a PlayStation Eye Camera and a stepper motor attached to its control arm. It relays the data to a computer with a program called Ableton Live. What you end up with is an incredible piano track, and in the case of the Ash, a very eerie one.

Hats off to Traubeck for coming up with the ingenious method to turn a simple slice of wood into a beautiful unique arraignment. It makes you wonder what types of music other parts of nature would play."


And this is what it sounds like: