Sunday, July 29, 2007

Methodical beauty

The French word "Vitrail" translates in English as "Stained Glass". This I learned today reading an article on the piece Gerhard Richter created for the Cologne Cathedral. While "Stained Glass" is a technically accurate description of the process involved, it seems to miss the whole point, which is less about technique than beauty. By contrast, Richter's piece, inspired by his Color Charts, is an essentially mechanical composition, relying on mathematics rather than human inspiration; And yet, the result is strangely beautiful, in a way somewhat similar to Bach's music.

Gerhard Richter: Cologne Cathedral (from Wired Magazine)

Addendum: I could not find what specific function Richter used to create the piece, and would be really interested to know! What I found out is that I there were some concerns that the random patterns would display inappropriate images...



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