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Today I stumbled across some fascinating geometric images by Tilman Zitzmann. #38 initially caught my eye because, rather humourously, it takes me back to my inorganic chemistry lectures where we spent most of our time trying to draw the perfect cube (I personally think I've managed to master it after four years!). I really enjoy the simplicity of juxtapositional shapes and the mix between Zitzmann's digital and analogue style makes this work a breath of geometric fresh air. As I would simply be replicating his portfolio if I posted all of the images I enjoy, below are a select few of my favourites:

#38 Phantom cubes
#38 Phantom cubes
#100 Wiping
#100 Wiping
#163 The journey of the moon
#163 The journey of the moon

Zitzmann's aim is to create one geometric image a day, taking inspiration from everything around him - including, as I like to see, a lot of science related concepts. However, a lot of these illustrations remind me of different scientific ideas to those Zitzmann intended, such as I can imagine the  lines in #100 to represent striated skeletal muscle tissue cells. For me, the six 'moons' in #163 illustrate the six outer electrons orbiting a nuclei, in a simplified Bohr's representation of an oxygen atom. The halves of the central circle represent both the neutrons and protons of the nuclei and as each electron can exist in either one of two quantum spin states, this time the halves of the 'moons' represent each state (spin up or spin down).

However you see it, I'm sure the images can be interpreted in several ways. I'd be interested to find out if anyone else shares a similar viewpoint to mine, or indeed a completely different one!

References and Connections

You can view the Daily Dot's interview with Zitzmann here, and follow Geometry Daily on Tumblr, Facebook, or Zitzmann on Twitter.