01 July 2016


"Oh, by the way, don't expect a fractal," said Mac Kanashimi as he prepared to rez the dynamic (and enormous) artwork Snarl, now open at LEA13. Here, rather than one of Mac's quintessential fractals, is a tangled mass, a snarl, "a messed up thread, fiber, vine, etc. which curls at random in every direction," as the artist says.

It is staggeringly large, rising 4,060 meters into the sky, and is filled with about 5,000 objects that beautifully curl at random in every direction. Given Snarl's size, it's not possible to visually absorb it in a single glance (set your draw distance as high as it can go), but the phantom prims do allow visitors to fly directly inside and through the structure. (Right now, the landing point is set, perhaps inadvertently, at the top of the structure, and falling through Snarl to the ground is a fascinating experience, and one way to experience its height.)

Snarl rebuilds at least once a day, from tail to head. In a notecard available on the ground level, the artist describes the methodology behind the artwork's colors and the way in which hue, saturation and lightness are used in the build. Mac acknowledges artist Mikati Slade for her assistance. Snarl will remain open until December 31.

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