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Top Eight Inspirations for A New Generative Art Eight

I am playing with a new NFT generative artwork for Art Blocks. The title I am playing with is Eight. I was originally thinking of calling it “Cultural Appropriation”.

It contains ideas about fate and luck, future and fortune. Use the trigrams to consult the Book of Changes I-Ching.

My first sold out release on Art Blocks was Color Magic Planets. This is my follow up to it.

1. Lost

The Dharma Initiative stickers are from the ABC online store.

2. His Dark Materials

From iNews

3. I Ching

The trigrams used. They have many names an meanings.

  • ☰ Qian – Heaven
  • ☱ Dui – Lake or River
  • ☲ Li – Fire
  • ☳ Zhen – Thunder
  • ☴ Xun – Wind
  • ☵ Kan – Water
  • ☶ Gen – Mountain
  • ☷ Kun – Earth

I was fascinated by I-Ching and its relation to the development of binary systems as described in this article.

Tai Chi Pa Kua Tu, the diagram of Tai Chi with Eight Trigrams
中文(简体): 太极八卦图 Connormah
By CD343 – Public Domain,
Thích Thách Thức, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

4. Ezekiel 10

wheel of eyes Paladium, CC BY-SA 4.0 ,via Wikimedia Commons

And I looked, and behold, four wheels beside the cherubim, one wheel beside one cherub, and another wheel beside another cherub; and the appearance of the wheels was like unto a beryl stone. And as for their appearance, they four had one likeness, as if a wheel had been within a wheel. When they went, they went  in their four directions: they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head looked they followed it; they turned not as they went. And their whole body, and their backs, and their hands, and their wings, and the wheels, were full of eyes round about, even the wheels that they four had. As for the wheels, they were called in my hearing the whirling wheels. And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of the cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle. American Standard Version public domain

The Spaceships of Ezekiel

One day when I was in middle school I found this book at the library about a theory that the vision of Ezekiel was actually aliens visiting in a spaceship. He had elaborate diagrams of the craft.

5. Slot Machine by Bell Fruit Company

1st Dibs
1st Dibs

6. Zodiac Glyphs & Multi-cultural Glyphs



7. The Matrix from The Matrix

8. And the Magic 8 Ball

Wikipedia 8 Ball

Find out more about I-Ching and binary systems in this article.

See more artwork by Bård Ionson