Fibonacci Dodecahedron – By Rafael Araujo
The front cover of this issue is based on a hand-drafted illustration created by Venezuelan artist Rafael Araujo.
In our ultra connected world, it’s hard to imagine how anything was done without the help of a computer. For Venezuelan artist Rafael Araujo, these times are delightful. At a technology-free drafting table he deftly renders the motion and subtle mathematical brilliance of nature with a pencil, ruler and protractor. Araujo creates an imagined mathematical framework of three-dimensional space where butterflies take flight and the logarithmic spirals of shells swirl into existence.
Born in Venezuela in 1957, artist Rafael Araujo is a lifelong resident of Caracas. Araujo is greatly influenced by three-dimensional renderings found in Renaissance perspective drawing as well as the works of Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher. Though he openly deflects the title of “artist”, his dozens of exhibitions over the last 30 years suggest the contrary.
One might think these illustrations are born from a CPU, but in fact they are drafted entirely by hand in a sublime mix of mathematical perfection and artistic execution.
Rafael Araujo’s Fibonacci Dodecahedron utilizes a complex blending of intricate geometries to create a fascinating isometric projection of one of the five Platonic solids and Pythagoras’ “plan to build the universe”. At Dodecahedron’s core and forming the fundamental pillar of its geometric construction are the Fibonacci Spiral and the Golden Ratio, 1.618. Found in such unexpected places as the branching
of the veins in leaves and the construction of computer algorithms, the Golden Ratio is omnipresent in our everyday lives.
Fibonacci Dodecahedron was originally created as a pen and ink drawing on canvas.