# Tesslations

Topics: Tessellation, Color, Tiling by regular polygons Pages: 1 (349 words) Published: July 14, 2013
This regular tessellation makes use of the simple square and coloring to create this very eye-catching design. I chose this relatively simple figure of tessellated squares because it forms an optical illusion, based on the black and white coloring pattern used in it. I felt that it was one of the best tessellations to use for me personally because I really like how something this simple can seem to be so complex and because of the way that we view it. Even though it is very simple to create this illusion it is very effective. This makes you think that there is some sort of slant or tilt, yet there is none. This tessellation demonstrates how easy it can be to trick your eyes into having a perception about an image that turns out to be completely false. It is all about the way that our brains work. This tessellation makes use of translation only. There is no rotation transformation and no reflection transformation. The main reason why there is not a rotation and reflection transformation is because of the coloring of the squares and the way that they are lined up with the translation pattern used. The squares are translated down and right, then down and right, then down and left, then down and left, and that repeats over and over, as with all tessellation patterns this can go on for infinity. Alternating squares are colored in black, which then contrast with the white squares to create the amazing optical illusion that makes it appear as though these are not straight lines. If the translation pattern was not used for this tessellation then the interesting optical illusion that it creates would not be possible, the slight variation in where each block starts and stops along with the color on each line much exist to have the maximum effect on a viewer’s mind. The tessellation would still exist if this pattern of squares or colors were altered, but would certainly not have the same powerful image as it does in the current configuration that it is in.