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    Thomas Brown/Lightning + Kinglyface: Circles – paint (detail)

Celebrating the perfect imperfection of circles by Thomas Brown and Lightning + Kinglyface

Posted by Rob Alderson,

If you’ve ever whiled away time (in a coffee shop or solicitor’s office say) by trying to draw the perfect circle you’ll know how ruddy frustrating it can be (damn you last minute bump!). But hang on, it turns out there’s a theory that it’s an impossible task to even create the perfect circle in this world as some outside influence will always distort it however minutely.

Superb photographer Thomas Brown and brilliant set design duo Lightning + Kinglyface have teamed up to explore this idea, “creating the most perfect, imperfect circles, embracing improbability, chaos and letting the world around us disturb mathematical perfection to make beauty.”

The project, called 2-(y-b)2 = r2 (the equation of a circle) has been released gradually over a six-week period and as you’d expect from such talented creative minds the results have been breathtaking, using smoke, sugar, fabric and bubbles to make their point that the pursuit of perfection is a Sisyphean endeavour.

As the last circle is released today we are delighted to present the entire series in all its barnstorming glory.

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    Thomas Brown/Lightning + Kinglyface: Circles – glitter

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    Thomas Brown/Lightning + Kinglyface: Circles – sugar bal

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    Thomas Brown/Lightning + Kinglyface: Circles – smoke

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    Thomas Brown/Lightning + Kinglyface: Circles – bubble

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    Thomas Brown/Lightning + Kinglyface: Circles – milk I

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    Thomas Brown/Lightning + Kinglyface: Circles – sugar ball deteriorated

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    Thomas Brown/Lightning + Kinglyface: Circles – paint

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    Thomas Brown/Lightning + Kinglyface: Circles – milk II

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Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.