I rendered this animation last night of one of my favorite floraform pieces we’ve generated so far. It exhibits an odd, spiraling, 5-form symmetry as it grows. This radial symmetry is not present when the same piece is generated with 3, 4 or 6 growing zones.
Our floraform system is an on going project that explores differential growth of surfaces and was inspired by research into the development of leaves and flowers. It is a thin shell simulation that models surfaces growing at variable rates. Complex, ruffled forms emerge from simple initial surfaces as they grow preferentially along their edges.
You can see more animations of the system here: https://vimeo.com/album/3044904