Laumeier Sculpture Park
It’s Picnic Day here in the Northern Territory so here’s a picnic table. Definitely a day to take the kids out to the local Botanical Gardens for a picnic lunch.
Marble and venetian glass smalti.
Arianna Gallo is based in Ravenna, Italy. Yes, that Ravenna. And she has a most impressive mosaic CV.
So its not surprising that she is responsible for this very witty little table. And it had me looking twice because the 50 and 100 denomination paper bills are the same colour as the Australian ones with our $10 being blue rather than our $20. Check out her photostream as there are many interesting mosaics there including work on some very very known modern Ravenna mosaics.
And yes, she does give lessons :).
Here are some table legs…
…and here is the latest on the table top. Check out the progress here
Science 23 February 2007:Vol. 315. no. 5815, pp. 1106 – 1110DOI: 10.1126/science.1135491
Decagonal and Quasi-Crystalline Tilings in Medieval Islamic Architecture
Peter J. Lu1* and Paul J. Steinhardt2
The conventional view holds that girih (geometric star-and-polygon, or strapwork) patterns in medieval Islamic architecture were conceived by their designers as a network of zigzagging lines, where the lines were drafted directly with a straightedge and a compass. We show that by 1200 C.E. a conceptual breakthrough occurred in which girih patterns were reconceived as tessellations of a special set of equilateral polygons (“girih tiles”) decorated with lines. These tiles enabled the creation of increasingly complex periodic girih patterns, and by the 15th century, the tessellation approach was combined with self-similar transformations to construct nearly perfect quasi-crystalline Penrose patterns, five centuries before their discovery in the West.
1 Department of Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.2 Department of Physics and Princeton Center for Theoretical Physics, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA.* To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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