EXPLORING THE ART HIDDEN IN PI

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Created:

January 2015

Reason:

Inspired by Martin Krzywinski’s work on pi

Tools:

Illustrator, R

Data:

http://angio.net/pi/

After seeing the examples of Martin Krzywinski’s Pi art work I wanted to venture into the world of Data Art myself. My idea of using the digits of pi to step into a certain direction certainly isn’t new, but most versions I could find had first converted pi into another base (4 or 16 for example), so I went ahead with just keeping it in base 10. I plotted and colored the data in R and then imported the PDF into Illustrator to add some text and legends

Edit: At the end of May I found out that I wasn’t the first to do exactly the same thing. Daniel Becker, who creates beautiful data art from different kinds of random walks, also created one for the million digits of pi. You can see it here. His version is 90 degrees rotated, and differently styled, but the path is the same of course

Washington Post

It was really great when the Washington Post asked me if they could publish my pi visuals. First as part of the Know More section and then again on pi day (3-14-15), together with Martin Krzywinski’s new piece, on a new article in the Wonkblog

Print versions

You can also get the Art in Pi as a tangible print and poster to put on your wall or wherever you might like. Come check them out in my store here.

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