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A compelling GIF, starting smoothly and gradually becoming chaotic but always imparting a sense of geometric order in the natural world, a la Cezanne. Its artifice is laid bare and it doesn't pretend to immerse us in sentimentalized nature. Yet it probably came from a cable animal channel documentary.
When someone who claims to be in the art world has to ask a question like "why do GIFs matter to artists?" it's saddening. The appeal of an animation like this shouldn't need justifying to anyone.