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The Science of Art

on December 11, 2012

This past weekend, while visiting the Holiday Fair at Grand Central Station in New York City, I came upon a very interesting booth called “Internal Fire Glass.” Naturally, this sparked my curiosity, and I immediately went in to the booth. Once there, I saw beautiful glass marbles of varying sizes that contained optical illusions: if you held a marble in your hand and looked down into it, the pattern inside the marble seemed as if it was spiraling down below your hand. As a huge fan of optical illusions, I immediately fell in love with this art form.

One of Scott Pernicka's marbles.

One of Scott Pernicka’s marbles.

I began to talk to Scott Pernicka, the creator of these marbles, about his amazing creations. I soon learned that he was very interested in combining art and physics to create his own amazing, unique design.

One of the necklaces I designed.

One of the necklaces I designed.

This especially caught my attention because I have always enjoyed finding creativity within fields with which creativity is not commonly associated. For example, I love to design jewelry, which is commonly thought of as a creative art. It is true that, upon first glance, this hobby of mine seems to solely relate to art; however, looking more closely, jewelry designing can also fall under the categories of math and science.

My jewelry designs are often based on distinctive patterns I create in my mind, and this fascination with creating patterns can most certainly be attributed to my love of mathematics, which involves finding patterns both in mathematical formulas and in the surrounding world. One example of this is the tessellation, a pattern that repeats over and over with no gaps or overlaps. This same concept of patterns can also be attributed to science, as can be seen with Scott Pernicka’s marbles, as well as with Newton’s Cradle, which, when its spheres are dropped in certain ways, creates patterns through the spheres’ movements.

Creative challenge:

And so, I present to you the creative challenge of the day: design a pattern that appeals to you. This pattern could be in a tessellation, a jewelry design, a sketch, a poem, a sculpture, or anything else you can think of.


In your daily life, what types of creative activities do you participate in? Which fields do these activities relate to? Are there any fields that you gravitate more towards? If so, why? Comment below to discuss.

Be sure to check out Facebook and Twitter for more information on Internal Fire Glass and visit the Grand Central Station Holiday Fair up until December 24 to see the remarkable Internal Fire Glass marbles for yourself.


5 responses to “The Science of Art

  1. Wow that Newton’s cradle was so cool!

    I like thinking about people and the world creatively. For instance, I imagine myself in all of the places I read about, or I try take myself back to a time and put myself there. Maybe it sounds like a cliche, but I think putting yourself in other’s peoples shoes is an interesting thing to do.

    • Liz Dee says:

      I love the way you put it, “I imagine myself in all of the places I read about”. I do literally the same thing and love it. Being taken away into a different world is one of the best feelings/experiences a person could have. I also agree with you, Justin, that putting yourself in other’s shoes is interesting. A spectrum of perspectives.

      • Zoe says:

        Yes, I agree with both of you! It’s a great way to be creative and learn about the world and other people at the same time. I usually do this with characters in books I am reading, as well as characters in stories that I write (I find that this helps me to further develop the character’s personality).

  2. Tom Elias says:

    Love the marble, and if I neglected to anywhere else, thank you for the follow!

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