animalis polyedae II

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animalis polyedae II by Volker Hermes

The Story

In earlier times, giraffes were the most exotic and crazy animal of all for European eyes. The weirdest and also most irrational thing that nature can produce. I have partially transformed this giraffe into a polyhedron as an expression of the most rational thing imaginable. The result is a hybrid of nature and mathematics.


My collages are based on historical drawings of animals, either from early scientific expeditions or natural history studies. Using image processing, I transform individual parts of the drawn animal bodies into geometric shapes. In a final step, I combine the original drawing and the polyhedron to create a hybrid new animal.