animalis polyedae X

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animalis polyedae X by Volker Hermes

The Story

Here, too, the large volume of a drawn hippopotamus is replaced by the mathematical volume of a polyhedron. The combination of these drawings with a geometric form combines the pleasant (or less pleasant) representation of an animal with the neutral form. Mathematics gets a feeling it didn't have before.


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.