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A Tear in the Fabric of the Universe  (UF0220) by barrowda

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500 Viewings as of 4/10/13
Featured 4/27/11 in Cutting Edge

Science Fiction writers have often speculated that if time travel were possible, interacting with one’s future or past self could alter the space-time continuum and cause a cataclysmic event that might “destroy the fabric of the universe”. The same result has been mentioned for improperly mixing matter and anti-matter. Here is my vision of what that might look like…

Created in Apophysis 7x v14 following this tutorial in the Apophysis Tutorial Fun group. Rendered as a .png file, then blended with duplicate layers and a black background, color adjusted and augmented with supernovae in GIMP v2.6, then saved in .jpg format, finally scaled up in UF. Number 21 in a series of images generated with the instructions in this tutorial called Escher Stained Glass by dA’s SaTaNiA (Damien), using Julia3D (power2) and Separation in the final transform. Best if viewed larger.


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Celebrating the milestones of 660,000 Views (8/8/14), 1200 Features (8/12/14) and prizes in the 2012 – 2014 CHANL Scientific Art Competitions. A Featured Member of Apophysis Tutorial Fun Group, Bryce and Beyond, Brain Science, Brain Arts and Artists Universe groups, and active in over 50 other RB groups as a digital/fractal artist using Apophysis, Fractal Science Kit, Ultra Fractal, GIMP and Mandelbulb3D.

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  • Jaclyn Hughes
    Jaclyn Hughesover 3 years ago


  • Thanks! Thought you might be sleeping after that wild virtual party and a long work week…glad you like it!

    – barrowda

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersover 3 years ago

    Nice!! . . .

  • Thanks, Hugh!! Trying to come up with a good enough cover story to get this one into Cutting Edge :o)

    – barrowda

  • Jaclyn Hughes
    Jaclyn Hughesover 3 years ago

    Yeah I did fall asleep after dinner from my long day of photo taking but got up about an hour ago & I’m raring to go! lol

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous work. Splendidly done.

  • Thanks, Bunny!

    – barrowda

  • walstraasart
    walstraasartover 3 years ago

    A fantastic fractal abstract with very nice spirals David

  • Thank you so much, Thea, for the fave and sweet comment! D

    – barrowda

  • Nadya Johnson
    Nadya Johnsonover 3 years ago

    Your stunning art is show-cased at Cutting Edge! You can view all the weekly features at our Permanent Gallery Page (theme/ All the Greatest Mysteries of the Cosmos). Congratulations on your fabulous, innovative work!

  • Thank you very much, Nadya, for this honor! Best, David

    – barrowda

  • Peter Stratton
    Peter Strattonover 3 years ago

    My concept of a tear in the fabric of the universe could be symbolized by the splitting of a black hole. But, the challenge would be difficult to portray, don’t you think? Lol Nice work. Pete

  • Yes, that was my first attempt, but as you suggest, it was all black (lol). Thanks, Pete! Best, David

    – barrowda

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 3 years ago


  • Thanks, Kathleen! This month’s devastating tornadoes have provided an all-too-real local example of this concept…another example that “fantasy is better than reality”…I’ll be roaming the West next month, hope all will be well out there for my vacation. Best, David

    – barrowda

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 3 years ago

    I’ve just been checking up on last night’s tornadoes. One of them touched down a few miles away from where my son and his family live, in Sweetwater, Tennessee. This is terrible, freakish weather for Spring.

  • Nadya Johnson
    Nadya Johnsonabout 3 years ago

    This is such a fascinating concept! Hope you’ll enter our challenge at Cutting Edge, Enigmas of the Cosmos!

  • Thank you for the invitation, Nadya! And may I say that your Challenge Banner, “There Goes the Neighborhood” is excellent work!!! Best regards from a vacationing artist (if it’s Monday, this must be Monterrey, CA)…

    – barrowda

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