hippocampus chorea

The original investigation of the seahorse skin was developed around the representation of the animal’s exoskeleton. The morphology of the skin, composed of patterns of spiked individual components, varied across the length of the exoskeleton, as it twisted and curved.

The approach to an abstracted rendition of this seahorse’s motion is a spiked, angular morphology as a basic model for all the sections.

Two basic parameters within this exploration were the “primordial” curve representing the motion of the exoskeleton and a series of frames connected to the curve, morphing along its length according to set parameters.

A delicate and intricate dialogue is created between the motion of the original curve and its ensuing outer shell, formed by the accumulation of morphing cross sections.

(a system morphology design developed from studying seahorse movement. instructed by Aaron Sprecher, Clothilde Caillé Levesque. collaborated with Adriana Mogosanu. 2013 Fall)