Architectural is in an inexhaustible battle to choose between irrational and rational concept and design. By creating purely irrational architecture, the architecture becomes purely emotion and paper architecture. In irrational architecture, nothing means anything. De Wilde is fascinated by the “uselessness of this breathless pursuit of exceptional structures”.
De Wilde has always been fascinated with patterns. It doesn’t really matter what kind of patterns; He played with networks, leaves and leaf venation, branches, lightning, flocking, tracing outlines, rock sediments, landscapes, slime mold, lichens, reaction-diffusion, cellular automaton, fractals, and a few other things. The artist is fascinate how complex and intricate results you can get from a set of simple rules, just like in nature and some biological patterns. To achieve this De Wilde ‘plays’ with algorithms, more specifically differential algorithms. While inspired by natural systems De Wilde’s sculptures try to transcend mere mathematical modelling to something captivating and unique, yet propose a new way of thinking about how we can design or “grow” our environment.
His ‘architectural’ creations are dwellings, semantic voids, impractical, unbuilt works of the imagination, and adheres to the the concept of visionary architecture is the 18th century architect Giovanni Piranese.