The Immersion Wheel motif references the Art Deco movement. Notice the repetitive lines and spade shapes that both the wheel and art deco have in common:

deco example 03

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Another characteristic of Art Deco are the radiant symmetry as seen in the sunburst over the door of the Milwaukee Gas Light Building built in 1930.

deco example 05

http://www.adunate.com/blog/2014/09/24/when-the-flame-is-blue/

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  • David Holliman
    May 1, 2016 12:14 pm

    I have been excited to see this project’s result since you first explained the concept to me. It’s intriguing to see how the integration of sacred geometry and art deco. Perhaps the form of your piece will elaborate the art deco side while the function elaborates more so on the sacred geometry side. These aesthetic inspirations are very different, however, I think your design work will carry each into a contemporary space with new perspective. Great job

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  • Thomas Brunsgaard
    April 2, 2016 12:24 pm

    You have done a really nice job sticking to the aesthetic spirit of your project. It has been interesting to watch your evolution from a psychedelic shape generation design, into a more Art Deco and sacred geometry piece. Art Deco seems to also use the high contrast of black and neutral colors like gold/yellow/white/beige. When we were talking earlier about using the laser cutter, I forgot to mention that it is possible to paint pieces, and then raster off the paint in places that you don’t want it. You could also laser cut elaborate stencils in something like cardstock, which you could use as a spray paint mask. If you are not able to get the edge lighting LED effect on the rotating piece, selective painting could be another way to enhance the Art Deco aesthetic (though I still think the CMYK would be an awesome scheme).

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    • Jason Mcgrath
      April 4, 2016 12:03 am

      Thanks for the advise on laser etching. I’m eager to get these sheets in the machine and see the results. Hopefully something interesting comes of this…

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