Rafael Araujo’s Butterflies and Helices

It is so good to see artists really begin to properly engage with the DNA double helix and put their own spin on it. It wasn’t the case a couple of years ago when I first started this blog. Then, I couldn’t find interesting images of the double helix that didn’t pertain to a more corporate medical take on it.

But these images from the Venezuelan artist Rafael Araujo are absolutely beautiful and make even more of an impact when I consider this quotation from the Colossal page that features his art:

In the midst of our daily binge of emailing, Tweeting, Facebooking, app downloading and photoshopping it’s almost hard to imagine how anything was done without the help of a computer. For Venezuelan artist Rafael Araujo, it’s a time he relishes. At a technology-free drafting table he deftly renders the motion and subtle mathematical brilliance of nature with a pencil, ruler and protractor. Araujo creates complex fields of three dimensional space where butterflies take flight and the logarithmic spirals of shells swirl into existence. He calls the series of work Calculation, and many of his drawings seem to channel the look and feel of illustrations found in Da Vinci’s sketchbooks. In an age when 3D programs can render a digital version of something like this in just minutes, it makes you appreciate Araujo’s remarkable skill.

There’s more to be found on the artist’s website.

Double Helix Calculus
Double Helix Calculus
The Fibonacci Sequence
Slim Cone Double Helix
Double Helix
Morpho Double Helix