gallery of m. c. escher style reptile motif symmetrical tiling pattern art

2D Spiral Tessellation of Alligators

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This type of symmetry art is unusual: it's a spiral that can continue infinitely to entirely occupy a 2D plane. Many experts say that this kind of art is not tessellation, because they say all tiles in a tessellation must be the same size. However, many tessellation artists including Escher have made spiral, circle-limit, and ringlike symmetry art that obeys most of the rules of tessellation.