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Thursday, May 8, 2008

An Escher Tessellation

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This is a detail copied from a print by Dutch artist M.C.Escher. It's an interlocking pattern of the weird shapes of a fish and a bird. Looks like a complicated creation, doesn't it?

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Yet you can also see it a regular pattern of diamond shaped polygons (or trapeziums). And there are two basic patterns: one dominated by the black fish pattern, and the other dominated by the image of the white bird (or is it a fish with wings?).

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Each of these patterns can be thought of as a tile; the complete images of the bird or fish are formed only when the tiles are placed next to each other.

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The effect of arranging these tiles together is shown here. This process is called tiling, or tessellation.

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Thanks to my son, Nazri, who produced the GIF images

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That is so cool :). thank you so much you helped me how to do it in my project. YOUR AWSOME