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The most obvious difference between the original structure and the software modification was the translation of the measurements from inches into pixels. I chose to make a grid of 50 pixels, thus creating a matrix of 16 x 12 units. Wall Drawing #358 includes the explicit instruction for the draftspersons to make their own decisions. In the software implementation, the program displays a set of arcs selected at random. This removes the decision process from the draftsperson and relies on random selection. Does this degrade the result of the final composition? Is it necessary that the decision of how to orient arcs is made by a person?

This is a good example of surprising results achieved by a simple set of rules. The discontinuous nature of the arc segments gives me a sense of unrest. I find myself trying to read the lines as edges of solid shapes, and of course, this doesn't exactly work out.

This piece is very enjoyable. It is very hard to tell if the arcs are made from conscious decisions or just randomness, perhaps because we can easily derive a clear structural unity from the varying forms. I think it would be very interesting to apply a method similar to that used in #001 to this piece.

Wall Drawing #358

A 12" (30 cm) grid covering the wall. Within each 12" (30 cm) square, one arc from the corner. (The direction of the arcs and their placement are determined by the draftsman.)

Modifications: Units of measurements translated into pixels.

Implemented as software by Casey Reas
March, 2004
Processing v.68