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Anatomy of an Escher Flying Horse

Escher is the artist that made the art of tessellation famous and popular. One of his simpler tessellations was his flying horses. They are based on the simple geometric shape of a square, and only involved “slides,” not rotations or flips. Using this video anyone could create their own tessellating flying horse tile, and maybe redo their bathroom tile or kitchen wall paper!

August 14, 2010 at 1:42 pm Leave a comment

Anatomy of an Escher Lizard

A tessellation is a tiling of shapes or figures without any gaps or overlaps. The artist M.C. Escher made tessellations famous with his artwork. One of his most popular pieces was Reptiles, in which tessellating lizards leave the flat page and become alive. This video animation is a study in how Escher created his reptiles from hexagons, complete with all the separate operations, and how he “tiled” a page full of them. It is set to the music of Saint Sans, Carnival of the Animals.

August 14, 2010 at 1:24 pm Leave a comment