This ongoing series of plant-like forms is generated using a recursive 3-dimensional L-system algorithm. Inspired by pressed flowers and the monochromatic engravings of 19th-century naturalists, each form is flattened into a one-lineweight composition. Each illustration includes a key identifying the species’ genetic code: all the parameters necessary for anyone to replicate the plant for their own use.
This began as a quick sketch–there are so many uses of L-systems out there I was not expecting to create something compelling–but evolved into something that became interesting to me by virtue of its accessibility. There is something about imitated natural forms that seems to intrigue people. For that reason, the “plants” generated for this series are purposefully left abstract: single lineweight, monochromatic, straight lines.
I also enjoy the ease with which these forms can be completely and unpredictably reconfigured with a single character change in the code–although that is simply an attribute of L-systems–wh ich leads to massive quantities of varied species to choose from. Nice work, Mr. Lindenmayer.