On Growth and Form by Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown is a designer, programmer and artist, specialising in the fields of Creative Digital Technology and Interactive Design and Applied Arts, who, like many working in the field of computer art, has been significantly influenced by D’Arcy Thompson’s work.


Computer programme
Art Fund grant:
£6,000 ( Total: £6,000)
Acquired in:
Daniel Brown

Brown began a series called ‘On Growth and Form’ in 1999 – crafted by complex mathematics rather than by hand, these works use computer code to generate hyper-realistic, never repeating blooms that – like time-lapse documentary photography – explode hypnotically into patterns before the viewer’s eyes. Most recently, a version was commissioned by the V&A in 2009. Daniel is now proposing to create a new generation of the flowers series, this time integrating true high-end real-time 3D graphics into the process, allowing a ‘virtual’ camera to pan around the blooms as they grow. The commission will also use imagery from the collections in the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum to create flower textures and inspire flower shapes. The results will be shown as a projection piece within the museum. Presented by the Art Fund and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.


New commission by the artist.

Venue details

University of Dundee Museum Collections Tower Foyer & Lamb Galleries, Tower Building, University of Dundee, DUNDEE Tayside DD1 4HN 01382 384310 www.dundee.ac.uk/museum

Entry details

Free to all

Tower Foyer & Lamb Galleries Mon-Fri, 9.30am – 7pm Sat, 1 – 5pm D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum Jun – Aug (or throughout the year by appointment) Fri, 2 – 4.30pm Artists’ Book Collection Dundee By appointment Mon – Fri, 10am – 6pm