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Home > Kerry Mitchell: Mathematically-Inspired Images

"Penrose Pursuit, 2011," by Kerry Mitchell. ┬ęKerry Mitchell

This is a tessellation of Penrose tiles. In this set, there are two different tile shapes, a fat rhombus and a thin rhombus. Penrose tiles are remarkable because they can be arranged (as they are here) such that the tiling never repeats, no matter how many tiles are used. Also, each tile is filled with four pursuit curves, the dark curves from each corner to a point near the center of the tile. Imagine a mouse in each corner of the tile. At the same time, each mouse begins moving toward (pursuing) the next mouse. The tracks of the mice are pursuant curves. --- Kerry Mitchell

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