"Rinpa snowflakes from Mercury".

Do snowflakes have to be white? Snowflakes are at once geometrically simple and incredibly intricate. 17th Century mathematician and astronomer J. Kepler asked the question "Why do snowflakes have six corners?” It wouldn’t be answered until the development of X-ray crystallography in the twentieth century. Ice grows hexagonal and in certain regimes triangular and cubic ice crystals. These are the only three geometrical shapes that can fill a surface without any gaps.

The software I used to create this recursive 4-sided, digital snowflake cloud counted 16 million, 124 thousand, and 312 shapes in this particular iteration.

From a script by “XpoPen”. Original image: The 12-30 project, #084, March 25.

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