MRI fruit and vegetable animation by andy ellison
MRI fruit and vegetable animation by andy ellison MRI fruit and vegetable animation by andy ellison
oct 05, 2012

MRI fruit and vegetable animation by andy ellison

animated GIF of a broccoli MRI scan by andy ellison

for the last few years boston-based technologist andy ellison has been putting fruits and vegetables through a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine – and then stitching together the resulting images to create moving GIFs. the animations move fluidly through the volume of the food stuffs, presenting a whimsical deconstruction of each edible subject. ellison investigates the likes of corn, starfruit and tomato – the project beginning merely as a method to warm up and calibrate the scanner prior to his regular work day.

animated GIF of a tomato scan

animated GIF of a starfruit

animated GIF of a broccoli scan

moving image of a cucumber scan

animated scan of a cactus

MRI scan of three lily buds side by side

MRI scan of corn

via colossal and salon

  • funny how these are all perfect complex geometries, some of them rooted in fractals, and through what I assume to be a constant speed actually reveals the mathematical nature in which shapes transform. all of these foods seem to mirror other elements: the corn looks like the skeletal structure of teeth and bone. the tomato: fire (both in form and movement). cucumber: bacteria or cell division. broccoli: almost magnetic, astronomical. the starfruit: a budding flower (easy)

    i want more

    Otat says:
  • Can we do a slow dance please?

    Dan says:

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