The natural world is full of patterns and regular forms, from the bee’s honeycomb to the six-pointed snowflake. These patterns span both the living and the inorganic worlds, where the same fundamental forms seem to recur in settings that seem very different from one another. Such regularities have long fascinated both scientists and artists, and have served as a focus of dialogue between them. I will look at what some of these natural patterns are, where they come from, and how they have been explored by artists. I show how they point to some fundamental principles that govern how the world works, and ask why it is that they resonate with us so strongly.
Curated and moderated by Catarina Pombo Nabais