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Tessellations & MC Escher

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Ryan Elliott

on 15 March 2013

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Transcript of Tessellations & MC Escher

M.C. Escher
Tessellations By Ryan Elliott Interesting Facts Credits Puddle M.C. Escher Tessellation in
Architecture Tessellations in Nature Tessellations
in Art Tessellations Translation Rotation A tessellation is a picture or design comprised completely of repeating shapes or images. The shapes must fit perfectly together with no overlap or gaps between each shape. Some can be comprised of more than a single shape or image.Tessellation is known as tiling as well. A rotation tessellation involves turning or rotating an image around a central point at a consistent angle all around. The images still must fit together without gaps or overlapping. A translation tessellation is when one or more shapes are slid or moved to form a pattern. The image is not rotated, but simply moved and repeated. M.C. Escher is known world-wide for his many works with the types of tessellations. Tessellation in architecture is also referred to as 'tiling.' Many natural tessellations cannot be easily identified with the naked eye. I find it interesting that Escher was left handed because many other great artists, such as Michelangelo, were left handed as well. Also many of his works depict the right hand, being that he tended to use it as a model. M.C. Escher 1952 This is a section of the rotation tessellation used in Escher's piece entitled 'Reptiles.' Above is a reflection tessellation by Escher titled 'Angels and Devils.' commons.wikimedia.org pirate.shu.edu http://www.csun.edu/~lmp99402/Math_Art/Tesselations/tesselations.html blog.signalnoise.com miac.unibas.ch Brick walls are a form of translation tessellation. The pattern of the surface of the Epcot sphere in Disney World is a tessellation of triangular tiles. www.flickr.com littlesomethings.blogspot.com Here you see a distinct pattern in the disc of the average daisy. everhart-museum.org Honeycombs in beehives are beautiful tessellations of hexagons. http://users.erols.com/ziring/escher_bio.htm Maurits Cornelis Escher, better known as M.C. Escher, was born on June 17, 1898 in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. He spent his life traveling Europe being inspired to create beautiful sketches and wood carvings. He is known for his beautiful tessellations and sketches of impossible reality that add a new perspective to reality and the world around us. He died at the age of 73 in Baarn, Holland. June 17, 1898 - March 27, 1972 M.C. Escher went to school for architecture and then took a liking to graphic design instead. I find this interesting because my older brother took a liking to architecture for a while as well and then began to pursue a career in graphic design later. It is well known that Escher used a lot of math in his art and not only in his tessellations. I don't know of many other artists who do this, and I may consider using math to make my own art seem more real. Puddle is my favorite piece by M.C. Escher for many reasons. First, I love how he depicted the water as being so smooth and solid, something I haven't seen done well before. Second, I appreciate the reference to his previous work, 'Pineta of Calvi,' and how he makes it seen like you're actually there in the carving. Puddle Pineta of Calvi www.brnrd.net
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