Like A Force Of Nature
Like A Force Of Nature merges two phenomena: the color of national currencies and the mathematics of the natural world. The colors are taken from global banknotes and arranged in patterns based on the Fibonacci sequence, which is a numerical formula that appears in many kinds of organic growth, from sunflower seeds to tree branches to fish skin colorations.
In around 300 BCE, Indian mathematicians first discovered this recurring sequence of numbers in Sanskrit poetry. It was later introduced to Western Europe by the Italian mathematician Fibonacci. Nearly psychedelic in its spiraling complexity, the formula functions as one of nature’s blueprints for expansion.
Inspired by this pattern, the intricate sequence of colors in Like A Force Of Nature evokes the illusion that money is as natural as a volcano or tsunami. For centuries, currency has been a denominator of national identity. In itself without value but sanctioned by a state-like institution, it is a tool for exchange and speculation. Designs for currency are idealized portraits and placeholders of value: they highlight cultural and national pride by representing events, artefacts, or individuals. Like A Force Of Nature explores the disorientation produced by both the intricacy of the natural world and the dizzying economic systems that are rapidly altering that world.
Created in collaboration with Héctor Esrawe and Rasmus Koch Studio. Commissioned by Grupo Arca.