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Tessellations: The Optical Art of M.C. Escher

Quick intro to tessellations for grades 9-12
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Emily Howard

on 20 March 2014

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Transcript of Tessellations: The Optical Art of M.C. Escher

Tessellations
The Optical Art of M.C. Escher
A tessellation is the tiling of a plane using one or more geometric shapes, called tiles, with no overlaps and no gaps (basically geometric shapes that fit together perfectly).
The earliest appearance of tessellations in art history was with the Sumerians (about 4000 BC) in the decoration of formed by patterns of clay tiles on architectural walls.
In Latin, the word "tessella" means "small square"
Tessellations even happen in nature.
Arguably, the most famous tessellation artist in art history was M.C. Escher (1898-1972)
Born in Friesland
(a province of the Netherlands)
Escher's work is mathematically influenced, as he was deeply interested in geometric forms. His work also concerns irregular perspectives and impossibilities presented as reality.
The craft tradition of quilting is also a form of tessellation.
an example of a Moroccan tessellation
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