Shio is a series of lamps made by Daniel MacDonald by pouring salt water over a constructed framework until they result in these beautiful salt crystal formations.
MacDonald on his work:
I am not an artist or a designer in the classical sense. I’m not remotely French, I didn’t go to an elite Danish design school, and I don’t even have a cool accent or a goatee. The last time I took an art class was probably in elementary school. I am a programmer, a scientist, and an AGI-obsessed nerd at heart. I love to create complex systems from simple principles, and years of writing code has given me a deep sense of aesthetics of the abstract and the mind-made. The genesis of shio was a meditation on the algorithmic essence of organic growths inspired by the natural mineral formations around the geysers of Yellowstone. The simplicity of the concept, the elegance of the technique, and the splendor of the results captivated me and motivated me to develop it for fully 7 months before I finally admitted to myself that what I was doing was essentially engineering where the sole requirements came from my own whims and desires…and that this was what other people call art.