It is a one-of-a-kind jigsaw puzzle inspired by the remarkable geometric patterns found in bismuth crystals. Each puzzle is uniquely generated through a computer simulation, mimicking natural variations in shape and design.
The puzzle artwork is inspired by the distinctive structures created by bismuth’s “hopper growth.” Imagine a set of miniature, interconnected staircases or terraces, each stacked upon the other, creating a surreal, layered landscape. The images are grown in a simulation we created inspired by bismuth and are available in five vibrant color schemes. Each image starts from one or more seeds with a different orientation or in crystallographic terms a “grain”. The layers grow as a simple offset from the previous layer. As they interact with each other and their environment, defects form, generating kaleidoscopic spirals of vibrant color.
The cuts are generated by first creating a roughly equilateral quad mesh based on the puzzle shape. The directionality of the quad mesh is determined by the boundary, the whimsy pieces, and additional curves to undermine the rigid structure of a grid.
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