Creating Escher-Inspired Art with Mathematica
July 30, 2014 — Wolfram Blog Team
Kenzo Nakamura uses Mathematica to create Escher-inspired mathematical art. His trademark piece, Three-Circle Mandala, depicts a large circle covered by three smaller, repeating circles that form a Sierpinksi gasket.
When Nakamura began using Mathematica, he didn’t originally intend to use it for his artistic endeavors. He found the program by chance at a seminar while looking for the right tool to help him write his master’s thesis.
Now, in addition to using Mathematica for technical and operations research, Nakamura uses it to create Mathematica-derived visual illusions. Although his works are static drawings, their infinite properties create the illusion of movement.
Watch Nakamura discuss using Mathematica to create his drawings, and see a few of his creations.
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Nakamura, who plans to continue pursing math as art, says, “Through these drawings, my dream is to create even one drawing that surpasses Escher’s drawings.”
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