The Growing Progression of Collage

Inanimate and animate matter differ in many ways. Perhaps the most evident distinction between them is the way in which the structure of each type of matter grows.

Inanimate, crystalline matter grows by addition of identical units of atoms or molecules, as when salt crystals grow out of a saturated solution in water.

Animate matter tends to grow by forming structures that are similar but not identical to each other: a mollusk grows its spiral shell by adding a succession of chambers or segments similar in shape but of increasing size. Even when this “self-similar” growth is not visible, it can be inferred through the length ratios of one body part to another, which stay approximately the same over the life of the organism as it grows.

Progression and Transfiguration (2013). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

Progression and Transfiguration (2013). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

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(All artwork, descriptions, & other text created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.)

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  • NYCSingleMom July 16, 2013, 6:27 am

    Never even thought about this topic, thanks for sharing, very interesting

    • Eric Edelman July 16, 2013, 6:34 am

      Thanks very much for your visit and your thoughtful comment–Happy WW!

  • stevebethere July 16, 2013, 8:01 am

    That’s quite clever

    Have a fantabulosa week Eric :-)

    • Eric Edelman July 16, 2013, 12:05 pm

      Thanks so much, Steve–have a great WW and a fab week!

  • Joyce July 16, 2013, 6:38 pm
  • Sukhmandir Kaur July 16, 2013, 8:16 pm

    That’s very interesting as it sort of explains the replicant mutant fruits and Veggies I saw in an article about post tsunami Japan.

    • Eric Edelman July 16, 2013, 10:33 pm

      Plants are very readily hybridized to change their physical structure, so it needn’t have had anything to do with the radiation accident in Japan. It could simply have been an experiment by growers. Thanks very much for your comment.

  • Mary Denman July 16, 2013, 11:04 pm

    Eric,
    I hadn’t really thought of how inanimate versus animate objects “grow.”

    But I think the inverse can be true as well. Objects can “grow” by reproducing smaller versions of themselves which can still be proven with lengths ratios.

    Fractal geometry is a prime example of how animate objects grow in self-similar ways. However, fractal geometry “grows” by repeating smaller patterns. Like in trees. Each branch is a smaller version of the overall tree.

    Although, fractal geometry can also be found in inanimate situations like lava flow. A fractal geometry CG program was used in Star Wars in the lava scenes to make them more realistic.

    Anyway, LOVE your post today. It certainly made me think! Love the artwork as well. Showed it to my engineer husband and he liked it to!

    • Eric Edelman July 17, 2013, 12:35 am

      Yes, I had fractal geometry in mind as I worked on this collage and wrote the accompanying post. Self-similar growth is indeed possible in both directions: increasing and decreasing self-similar units. However the growth you mentioned in the case of inanimate objects like lava flows, the fractal features you spoke of don’t truly result in the growth of an integral whole (as crystal growth does), but rather in surface patterns containing self-similarity. Analogous surface patterns may be observed in the crack patterns of mud-flats drying in the desert, and also in the branching of river systems that form on land masses that have fractured in rectilinear patterns.

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment and your kind praise, Mary! I’m very glad to hear that both you and your husband liked the collage.

  • Alissa Apel July 16, 2013, 11:27 pm

    I’m lovin’ the line work in this one!

  • jessica @peekababy July 17, 2013, 12:45 am

    gives new meaning to “eyes in the back of your head’!

    • Eric Edelman July 17, 2013, 1:05 am

      Yes, indeed it does! Thanks for your comment, Jessica–have a great WW and a fine week!

  • Gattina July 17, 2013, 5:03 am

    You certainly don’t suffer from a lack of phantasy and creativity !

  • Daryl July 17, 2013, 5:05 am

    another really interesting composition

    • Eric Edelman July 17, 2013, 1:00 pm

      Thanks, Daryl! I hope you’re enjoying your WW in some relatively cool place.

  • Robin (Masshole Mommy) July 17, 2013, 5:33 am

    That is amazing.

  • DrillerAA July 17, 2013, 7:19 am

    This is just spectacular. It’s always a treat to stop by here and see what’s going on.

    • Eric Edelman July 17, 2013, 1:34 pm

      Thanks very much for your visit and your comment! I appreciate your kind words.

  • Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly July 17, 2013, 9:49 pm

    Is that YOU?

    Thanks for the linky, I linked up, thanks for hosting and Happy (Not so) Wordless Wednesday!

    • Eric Edelman July 18, 2013, 12:59 am

      No, Tracy, it’s not. I believe it’s the head of a young officer in the Merchant Marine, who served aboard a freighter in the late 1940’s. Thanks very much for your visit and your comment!

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