jacob down visualizes the complex flight paths of seagulls in 'skyscribbles_'
 

jacob down visualizes the complex flight paths of seagulls in 'skyscribbles_'

 

jacob down, an architect and artist situated in the seaside town of st. ives, cornwall, has developed a technique for visualising movement through the medium of video during his studies at the bartlett school of architecture, UCL. he has since used the technique to visualise the complex and beautiful flight paths of seagulls and other birds flying above his design studio, which overlooks the picturesque seaside town.

 jacob down sky scribbles
down developed the technique during his time at the bartlett school architecture

 

 

at times tender and unsettling, the journeys of the birds over jacob down’s studio combine to create a vast network of intertwining tendrils that arch across the sky — an effect the artist has christened ‘skyscribbles_’. the resultant calligraphy records the looping and often seemingly directionless movements of the gulls, creating an alien collection of spine-like creatures that weave and wheedle overhead.  

jacob down sky scribbles
the birds are recorded from the artist’s studio, which overlooks the town of st. ives in cornwall

jacob down sky scribbles
individual paths combine to create a chaotic assemblage of spine-like tendrils

jacob down sky scribbles
the paths create a clamorous and noisy pattern that echoes the harsh call of the bird

jacob down sky scribbles
the resultant calligraphy records the looping and often seemingly directionless movements of the birds

jacob down sky scribbles
at times, individual birds can be identified as separate to the inky trails

jacob down visualizes the complex flight paths of seagulls in 'skyscribbles_'
the shapes are alien and somewhat discomfiting

jacob down visualizes the complex flight paths of seagulls in 'skyscribbles_'
the repeating wing shapes are glitchy, and are starkly defined against the pale blue sky

jacob down visualizes the complex flight paths of seagulls in 'skyscribbles_'
wing are combined and repeated to create a looped and arching spine

 

 

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