While art is often defined as an imitation of nature, nature is often an improvement on art.

Check out these grains of sand:

Or this view of the microstructure of austenitic steel.

If the above had been painted by a Cubist in the teens or twenties, it would probably be hanging in a museum. Instead, it’s used in teaching metallurgy.

I tried to copy nature by casting it directly into aluminum:

Whether that’s an improvement, I don’t know. It will definitely last longer than the mess I painstakingly pulled out of the mold a week after I set it up.