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Voronoi Fractal

Frederik Vanhoutte (2008)

In mathematics, a Voronoi diagram, named after Georgy Voronoi, also called a Voronoi tessellation, a Voronoi decomposition, or a Dirichlet tessellation (after Lejeune Dirichlet), is a special kind of decomposition of a metric space determined by distances to a specified discrete set of objects in the space, e.g., by a discrete set of points (source Wikipedia). More details about Voronoi diagrams have been published by Shubhendu Trivedi on his blog Onionesque Reality.

Voronoi fractals are created by dressing a Voronoi diagram from some points. Next, more points are added and new Voronoi diagrams are created inside each original Voronoi region. This process is recursively repeated. Frederik Vanhoutte got some spectacular results by programming Voronoi fractals in color.

Frederik Vanhoutte is a medical radiation physicist with a PhD in experimental solid state physics. On his website you find a collection of code experiments exploring generative graphics, complexity, geometry, chaos, particles and anything else that catches his interest. His favorite programming language is processing, the open project initiated by Ben Fry and Casey Reas.

Everything on Frederik's site is published under a Creative Commons license. Frederik thinks that a suitable name for his works is "constructs", because he considers that art is way too pretentious and algorithms is too cold. We think however that the constructs of Frederik Vanhoutte are great artworks and that he deserves to figure in the hall of fame of digital artists.

Some outstanding examples of his generative graphics are presented at the following links:

Curvature03 Curvature10
Curvature07 Curvature01
Towards01 Towards05
Cyclic fineStructure
Verletchain Haywire