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"Two Squares (2006)," by Edmund Harriss (University of Leicester)Printed on Canvas 36" x 36". This is based on the Ammann-Beenker Tiling. Along with Ammann Squares this work explores the extension of the work of Raymond Brownell (www.raymondbrownell.com) to more complicated geometry. The Ammann-Beenker tiling is the eight-fold sibling of the more famous, five-fold Penrose rhomb tiling. It was discovered independently by R. Ammann and F. Beenker. Like the Penrose tiling, the Ammann-Beenker can be constructed by two particular methods. The first method is uses the substitution rule, and the second method is to construct the tiling as a planar slice of a four dimensional lattice (in much the same way that a computer draws a line using the pixels of its screen) and then project this to the plane.
See more information at www.mathematicians.org.uk/eoh/Art/Ammann_Text.pdf.

--- Edmund Harriss

"Octagonal Gasket (2006)," by Edmund Harriss (University of Leicester)Printed on Canvas 36" x 36". This image is based on a version of the Sierpinski Gasket with octagons rather than triangles. --- Edmund Harris

Sculpture System No. 5 (2009)" by Richard Grimes (www.richardgrimes.net) and Edmund Harriss (University of Leicester)Deltahedra are polyhedra where all the faces are regular triangles. Sculpture system 5 is a system to build any deltahedron using triangular shapes that hinge together. A huge variety of polyhedra can be made using just twenty of these shapes. The actual sculpture was built by a group of volunteers who also designed the final shape that was actually built. --- Edmund Harris

"CurveTile (2004)," by Edmund Harriss (University of Leicester)A pattern built of just four images (two up to rotation). You can make some some patterns yourself at www.mathematicians.org.uk/eoh/Curvetile/Curvetile.html. --- Edmund Harriss

"Ammann Scaling (2006)," by Edmund Harriss (University of Leicester)Printed on Canvas 24" x 24". The Ammann-Beenker tiling is the eight-fold sibling of the more famous, five-fold Penrose rhomb tiling. It was discovered independently by R. Ammann and F. Beenker. Like the Penrose tiling, the Ammann-Beenker can be constructed by two particular methods. The first method is uses the substitution rule, and the second method is to construct the tiling as a planar slice of a four dimensional lattice (in much the same way that a computer draws a line using the pixels of its screen) and then project this to the plane. See more information at www.mathematicians.org.uk/eoh/Art/Ammann_Text.pdf. This was a commission for the School of Mathematical Sciences at Queen Mary. It is one of a pair with Ammann Squares, exploring aspects of the Ammann-Beenker Tiling. It appeared in the June 2007 issue of Notices of the AMS. --- Edmund Harriss

"Sculpture System No. 5 (2009)" by Richard Grimes (www.richardgrimes.net) and Edmund Harriss (University Of Leicester)Deltahedra are polyhedra where all the faces are regular triangles. Sculpture system 5 is a system to build any deltahedron using a triangular shapes that hinge together. Using just twenty of these shapes a huge variety of polyhedra can be made. The actual sculpture was built by a group of volunteers who also able to design the final shape that was actually built. --- Edmund Harriss