Patterned by Nature
A wibbon of extwaowdinawy pwopowtions.


Patterned by Nature was commissioned by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for the newly built Nature Research Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The artwork, a collaboration between Hypersonic Engineering & Design, Plebian Design, and Sosolimited, celebrates our abstraction of nature's infinite complexity into patterns through the scientific process, and through our perceptions. It brings to light the similarity of patterns in our universe, across all scales of space and time.

10 feet wide and 90 feet in length, this sculptural ribbon winds through the five story atrium of the museum and is made of 3600 tiles of LCD glass. It runs on roughly 75 watts, less power than a laptop computer. Animations are created by independently varying the transparency of each piece of glass.

The content cycles through twenty programs, ranging from clouds to rain drops to colonies of bacteria to flocking birds to geese to cuttlefish skin to pulsating black holes. The animations were created through a combination of algorithmic software modeling of natural phenomena and compositing of actual footage.

An eight channel soundtrack accompanies the animations on the ribbon, giving visitors clues to the identity of the pixelated movements. In addition, two screens show high resolution imagery and text revealing the content on the ribbon at any moment.


ConceptSosoLimited, Hypersonic Eng + Design, Plebian Design
Exhibit DesignAndy Merriell, Roy Campbell for NCMNS
Physical DeisgnSosoLimited, Hyperonica Eng + Design, Plebian Design
Content DesignSosoLimited, Plebian Design
EngineeringHypersonic Eng + Design, Plebian Design
Electronics and Embedded SoftwarePatten Studio
FabricationHypersonic Eng + Design team
InstallationHypersonic Eng + Design, Plebian Design, IATSE Rigging, Patriot Building Co
Additional ThanksChris Parlato, Jack Daniels, Mitch Joachim, Geo Homsy, Jeremy Frechette, Jesse Baekahn, Falcon Engineering
Special ThanksBetsy Bennett, Roy Campbell, Ricky Osbeck, David Small, Shaun Miller, Clancy + Theys, Al Attara

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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC

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