Year in, year out, I walk the same circular routes, past the same front gardens, on my way to and from the shops or seafront. Now, the seafront walk has become a daily pastime. It provides comforting familiarity in these uncertain and strange times. My route takes me past sunflowers. They are cheerful flowers. They call out to me, “Fibonacci”, each time I pass by. At first, planting the seeds of an idea and then, nurturing a creative dialogue between artist, sunflowers, materials and techniques.
Materials: silk thread, grey board, acrylic paint, paper
The ribbon shows the first sixty numbers of the Fibonacci sequence, a set of numbers that starts with a one or a zero, followed by a one, and proceeds based on the rule that each number is equal to the sum of the preceding two numbers.
The last digits of the first sixty Fibonacci numbers also form a repeating pattern.
The Fibonacci sequence has been dubbed, “nature’s secret code” because its numbers and spiral geometry abound in the plant kingdom.
The array of seeds in the centre of a sunflower spiral out in patterns curving left and right. If you count these spirals, your total will be a Fibonacci number. Divide the spirals into those pointed left and right and you'll get two consecutive Fibonacci numbers.