Tessellations - Math and Art!


Who is M. C. Escher?

Maurits Cornelious Escher was a famous artists who tried plenty of things in his lifetime (1898-1972). When Escher was young, he tried to pursue the occupation of an architect, but it was a failed attempt. So, M. C. Escher went to the School for Architecture and Decoritive Arts to study graphic art. After finishing school, he traveled and grew older. Throughout this time Escher created many different types of art, but his most commonly known pieces are tessellations. M. C. Escher was inspired to make tessellations when he saw mosaics in Spain. Escher decided to make his own design and used abstract and geometrical patterns. When he used this method, M. C. Escher created numerous tessellations. These tessellations have many contrasting themes, including geckos, birds, fish, horses, humans, and more. Escher created all these tessellations by using his creative and mathematical skills. Now, in the 21st century, M. C. Escher is known as the outstanding mastermind who created what we know as tessellations. Below are some of his tessallations:

Transformations & Tessellations

Types of Transformations in Tessellations

There are several kinds of transformations used in tessellations. One of these transformations is a translation. A translation is moving or sliding a figure over a certain distance. The new figure created is congruent to the first. Reflections are another type of transformation. A reflection is a mirror image across a line. The last transformation I will mention is a rotation. A rotation is the turning of a figure around a specific point. All of these are important in the creation of a tessellation.