Mikecox is an artist who is passionate about mathematics, and interested in the concept of NFTs as a tool to tie art forms to this technology.
As a good mathematician, he thought of using fractals in his works because of their ability to simulate natural forms, especially in both micro- and macro-scopic domains.
In addition, the chaotic, symmetric and random characteristics of fractals remind him of blockchain.
For example, blocks are validated thanks to a chaotic hash function, and the iterative symmetry between the current block and the previous one is represented by the hash of one block immersed in the next.
Mikecox: NFT Galax collection meets mathematics on OpenSea
On OpenSea Mikecox has about 6,000 unique pieces of fractal art, on Ethereum and Polygon networks.
The Mikecox NFT Galax 3.13 collection is a collection of 313 machine-generated fractal artworks in a controlled but random manner.
Its name comes from the common character of the various works, which, with their strong, bright colors and contrast with the central black color, represent, almost, the disruptive and chaotic natural force typical of the creation of galaxies.
The goal of this collection is to express the beauty of fractals and pseudo-natural geometric shapes.
A fractal is, by definition, a geometric structure that possesses self-similarity symmetry, so that it repeatedly possesses copies of itself.
As a result, zooming in on a good rendered image of a fractal will loop essentially the same figure, perhaps only slightly modified.
In fact, in addition to symmetry, a fractal is also based on a certain amount of chaoticity, which through a small change in the initial data causes substantial differences in the final result.
Fractal figures in nature can be found almost everywhere: just think of fjords, branching, capillaries, the famous marine mollusk nautilus, and even in green cabbage and snow crystals.
A recursive mathematical function is often used to generate fractals, and in this collection the artist wanted to use a slightly different function than those normally used to generate them.
The NFTs in the collection are images provided with attributes in json files (metadata). Included in the metadata are color, three different grades, and proximity.
In total there are about 80 colors, while the three degrees represent the integers to the power of the factors the artist gave to the generating function: there are 8 for each degree, so, between colors and degrees, there are, approximately, 512*80( 40,960 ) possible combinations.
Proximity, on the other hand, is represented either by a number or by the string ‘near’, and indicates the proximity to the edge of the fractal in Mandelbrot mode.
The images were created with a python script created by the artist himself, and are generated from random seeds chosen by the machine.
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