One afternoon four years ago, I found myself working at the gallery, facing a blank canvas with no idea what to put on it. I searched my memory for beautiful images and recalled that earlier in the week I had been enthralled by the pattern on the seed head of a sunflower. The Helianthus whorl. (Sounds like a dance title...) So I did a little research and learned about Vogel's model, which is based on the Fibonacci sequence.
One would think that the head of a sunflower need not be so complicated. But the reason this system of seed presentation is so efficient for the flower is that it allows for maximum storage of seeds.
Since today's blog is brought to you by the Letter B, it would not be complete without a blurb from Baudelaire:
"Everything that is beautiful and noble is the product of reason and calculation."--Charles Baudelaire