The Dutch artist M. C. Escher was famous for drawings in which interlocking
people and animals combined to tile the plane. A number of other
artists have followed in his footsteps. Other pages here include work
related to Escher's drawings of polyhedra and impossible figures.
- Escher-inspired animorphic art
by Kelly Houle, including "impossible figures" such as
- David Bailey's
world of tesselations.
Primarily consists of Escher-like drawings but also includes
an interesting section about Kepler's work on polyhedra.
- Computer art
inspired by M. C. Escher and V. Vasarely, H. Kuiper.
Engineering. Some Escher-like impossible figures from Offworld
- Andrew Crompton.
Grotesque geometry, Tessellations, Lifelike Tilings, Escher style drawings,
Dissection Puzzles, Geometrical Graphics, Mathematical Art.
Anamorphic Mirrors, Aperiodic tilings, Optical Machines.
- Delta Blocks.
Hop David discusses ideas for manufacturing building blocks based on
the tetrahedron-octahedron space tiling depicted in Escher's "Flatworms".
- Sylvie Donmoyer
geometry-inspired paintings including Menger sponges and
a behind-the-scenes look at Escher's Stars.
- Escher for real and
Escher for real.
Gershon Elber uses layered manufacturing systems to build 3d models of
Escher's illusions. The trick is to make some seemingly-flat surfaces
curve towards and away from the viewplane.
- Escher and the
Droste effect. Mathematical analysis of Escher's "Print Gallery".
in the classroom, Jill Britton.
- Escher in the Palace.
The official web site of the Escher museum in The Hague.
- M. C. Escher: Artist
- Escher Fish. Silvio Levy's tessellation of the Poincare model of the hyperbolic plane by fish in M.C. Escher's style.
From the Geometry Center archives.
- Escher patterns,
sphere construction kit.
buildings in origami.
combinatorial patterns, D. Schattschneider, Elect. J. Combinatorics.
- Escherian Blast-Ended Skrewts.
How to find a periodic tile as close as possible to a given shape?
Craig S. Kaplan, U. Washington.
- Robert Fathauer's Escher-like tesselation art.
- Frustro, a font made of Escherian impossible figures.
- Gallery of interactive on-line geometry.
The Geometry Center's collection includes programs for generating
Penrose tilings, making periodic drawings a la Escher in the Euclidean
and hyperbolic planes, playing pinball in negatively curved spaces,
viewing 3d objects, exploring the space of angle geometries, and
visualizing Riemann surfaces.
- Gecko Stone
interlocking concrete pavers in geometric and animal shapes,
designed by John August.
- Helical Gallery.
Spirals in the
work of M. C. Escher
and in X-ray observations of the sun's corona.
- Houtrust Relief.
Nice photo of a 3d version of one of Escher's bird-fish textures, on the
wall of a water purifying plant in The Netherlands.
The same photographer has several
other Escher photos including one of Metamorphoses in the
Hague post office.
Marjorie Rice's Escher-like art.
- Jim ex machina.
Escher-like tessellations by Jim McNeill.
F. Kauffman's fractal and Escherian art, with
Escher-like animated animal-form tilings.
- Landry Art,
Escheresque tessellations, and balsa and paper polyhedra,
including some prints, t-shirts, and models available for purchase.
- Mathematical imagery by Jos Leys.
Knots, Escher tilings, spirals, fractals, circle inversions, hyperbolic
tilings, Penrose tilings, and more.
- Marcin Malinowski's Escher-like tesselations.
lego sculptures and Escher Lego, Andrew Lipson.
hyperbolic tilings and software for creating them, J. Mount.
- Ozbird Escher-like tessellations
by John Osborn, including several based on Penrose tilings.
- Ozzigami tessellations,
papercraft, unfolded peel-n-stick glitter Platonic solids, and more.
on the hyperbolic plane, Misha Kapovich.
See also his Escher-like
on the Euclidean plane.
- Prints by Robert
Fathauer. Escher-like interlocking animals form spiral tilings and
Raedschelder's page of Escher-like figures
- Solid object which generates an anomalous picture.
Kokichi Sugihara makes models of Escher-like illusions from folded paper.
He has plenty more where this one came from, but maybe the others
aren't on the web.
world of Makoto Nakamura.
a company which makes Puzzellations puzzles, posters, prints, and
kaleidoscopes inspired in part by Escher, Penrose, and Mendelbrot.
- Tessellations, Periodic Drawings, Computer Graphics, Latticework, ...
William Chow likes Escher-like patterns of interlocking figure
and really really long web page titles.
- Three-dimensional models based on the works of M. C. Escher
Patrick Snels creates two-dimensional images which tile the plane to
form 3d-looking views including some interesting Escher-like warped
See also his even more Escherian tesselations page.
a tiling scheme by M. C. Escher, D. Davis, Elect. J. Combinatorics.
- Totally Tessellated.
Mosaics, tilings, Escher, and beyond.
knot stairs. Java animation of an Escher-like infinite stair construction,
intended as a Montreal metro station sculpture,
by Guillaume LaBelle.
- Triangles and squares.
Slides from a talk I gave relating a simple 2d puzzle, Escher's drawings
of 3d polyhedra, and the combinatorics of 4d polytopes, via angles in
hyperbolic space. Warning: very large file (~8Mb).
For more technical details see
paper with Kuperberg and Ziegler.
- Visual math,
the mathematical art of M. C. Escher.
- Westside Impressions
sells Escher T-shirts.
From the Geometry Junkyard,
and recreational geometry pointers.
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