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.
- Artist Howard Fonda captures the vibrancy of summer for Ace & Tate
- Robbie Simon, the jack of all trades and the master of them too
- Mattis Dovier’s weird and wonderful 8-bit dot animation for XXX’s music video
- Jessica Lehrman's photographic document of social revolution, Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street
- Zoe Kao and Huang Wun-Siang find inspiration in the uncertainty of the design process
- Documenting the world in motion: Lauren Tamaki’s illustrations of modern life
- Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created
- Tommy Cash subverts the tropes of rap videos with a fleshy celebration of the human body (NSFW)
- Ian Davis’ picturesque paintings of bureaucratic dystopia
- Is it ever OK to work for free?
- Pentagram unveils refresh of Mastercard’s brand mark and identity
- Peter Saville and Tate Design Studio create beer can artwork for Switch House pale ale