Reaction-Diffusion Media Wall (2016) by Karl Sims. He is a digital media artist and visual effects software developer.

This interactive exhibit at the Museum of Science, Boston, displays emergent dynamic patterns on a high resolution wall of 24 screens.

"Two simulated chemicals, shown as white and dark blue, react and diffuse to generate biological-looking patterns and shapes. A touch-screen kiosk in front of the display allows visitors to adjust parameters and create a wide range of different results.

Zhabotinsky Soup:
Watercolor on 140 lb Cold Pressed Arches paper.

Artists and designers are inspired by the beauty of the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction as shown in this painting.

The painting is a result of Margaret Nelson's work on an illustration for Steven Strogatz for his book "SYNC: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order" when she came across the chapter about the BZ reaction.

Image of a Petri dish with a BZ pattern by Ted Kinsman on a page of the College of Art and Design at the Rochester Institute of Technoloby.

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Top: A quadruple spiral on ancient Swedish and Greece objects.

Bottom: An ancient Minoan cave ossuary from Ayios Charalambos, Lasithi Plateau (around Mt. Ditke, Eastern Crete), dated to c. 2400-1700 BCE.

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Not directly related to the BZ reaction but combining pattern formation in nature with art is the starting point for the company 'Nervous System' in Palenville, NY, USA. They use computer simulations to generate objects in the intersection of science, art, and technology.

Most interesting is their blog with tags 'reaction diffusion' with products inspired by RD systems and the co-founder Jessica Rosenkrantz's Flickr account with many beautiful images of patterns in nature.