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Akiyoshi Kitaoka tribute with Processing, vinyl and lasercutting

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Akiyoshi Kitaoka, a  professor of Pyschology at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, and the famed creator of the Rotating snakes illusion, has been updating his site since 2002 and it is full of intriguing color illusion.

He is also responsible for inspiring the artwork on Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilionalbum.


Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

His work is full of subtle color play and complicated and trippy geometry, you can check out more of his work in this post on colorlovers blog, or see his work in progress on his personal page.

I was experimenting with producing similar visuals with Processing , and by using recursive functions and  arc() function I created this sketch.

It generates 18 “hands” and randomly changes thickness of separate “layers” of the figure. You can check openprocessing for the sourcecode. Afterwards I tweaked the sketch to produce .svg vector output and lasercut the resulting shape out of a 50x50cm piece of self adhesive vinyl. The result is very, very, VERY annoying to transport and apply to the wall, but produces a nice kitaokish effect as expected. Here are some pics and a wiggle-3d gif

wall decal vinyl