Escher style Geometry Art from J. R. Masterman's 9th grade geometry class

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CATERPILLAR by Maya

Ack! 0.o
Staring at this could damage your retinas. Maya's somewhat abstract geometric tessellation of caterpillars is a completely valid tessellation-- no gaps, no overlaps, no unexplained spaces-- but OMG, it's hard on the eyes. It's like looking at a green forest...at night...through venetian blinds...while police helicopters with spotlights circle overhead. Been there, done that, did the 400 hours of community service to apologize for being there and doing that.

Notice that although this is a valid tessellation, not every tile is exactly like the others. That's somewhat unusual. It's most noticeable in the comparative size of the "feet" at the bottom left and right corners of each caterpillar.

Maya's caterpillar tessellation is an example of "translational" ("slide", "glide") symmetry, although she's chosen to spice things up by making each one somewhat unique rather than perfectly symmetricallitoustuouslitousitously identical. Or maybe the caterpillars chose. Can they? ...Choose, I mean. Or to they just have a hard time sitting perfectly still and uniform and green, in the same way schoolchildren have a hard time sitting perfectly still and uniform and turning green.