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The Book of Changes, detail by Shockfossils The Book of Changes, detail by Shockfossils
Close up of the Yin/Yang figures in "The Book of Changes".
Two 8" square acrylic slabs were irradiated by a 3 million electron volt e-beam in specific regions and then the trapped charge was manually released, forming these patterns in under a millionth of a second.
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Lanah5280 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Gorgeous!
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
I take it this isn't a type of art someone can do in their living room, is it? :p Would higher or lower voltages have any effect on the patterns? (I watched the video of how this is done. I like how the charges bounce around a bit after you whack it. It's like microwaving a CD, but so much cooler.) I think I need to own one of these sculptures one day.

You could probably file all these lovely pieces under Fractal Art -> Traditional Media Fractals without any trouble. That category needs more love.
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Shockfossils Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
That is correct; These aren't something anyone can do at home. I only get to make these one or two days a year when I have access to the accelerator. There's a year of planning and preparation, and then one very very frantic day irradiating and discharging the pieces.

You really need at least 2 million volts to make this work. Higher voltages would allow greater flexibility in charging the pieces.
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
What would happen if you did this to a Lucite slab with objects cast in it?
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Shockfossils Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I've never tried a piece of acrylic with something cast into it. Depending on what the object was made of, it might cause the piece to discharge in an unwanted fashion, or it might do something cool!
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't understand why shielding the surface with lead would cause the charge to take a shape inside the slab of Lucite. The charge is directed at the end isn't it? Why does a lead shield affect the area under it?
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Shockfossils Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
The electron beam is shot at the surface, not the edge of the slab. The lead stops the beam before it enters the acrylic, so the embedded charge has the profile of the openings in the lead.
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