by Ky MacPherson, Council District 4
Courtesy of the Artist
Coming from a background in science, I find tessellations interesting for their geometric properties, but I also gained an appreciation for their use in decorative art on a trip to Spain where I had the opportunity to visit the Alcázar in Seville, a medieval palace styled with arabesque elements. Everywhere you looked throughout the palace, you could find surfaces covered with interlocking tiles of a variety of shapes, and plaster work of repeating intricate forms.
That experience came to mind when assembling Star12, and specifically, considering what size to grow the tessellation. I knew it needed to cover an area big enough that the eye would have space to explore and find patterns on a larger scale than the individual pieces.