Escher style Tessellation Geometry Art from Widya Huang's Batari school 4th grade math class in Indonesia

face/head tessellation by a child head/face tessellation art by Indonesian 4th grade math student Justin Tan head/face tessellation art by Indonesian 4th grade math student Justin Tan

POINTED NOSE MEN by Justin



Justin's math teacher says, "Justin Tan originally planned to draw witches. He, himself, has no idea how it turned into a picture of men."

This is a translation (slide) tessellation. You can tell it's a translation tessellation because the faces are all the same shape (not flipped or altered) and at the same angle.

Is this a tessellation? Well, "YES" if you think of each head as NOT a head, but rather as an abstract shape. However, the answer has to be "NO" if we think of these as heads. Why? ...Because then we expect necks and bodies, but those are hidden from us behind other heads. In a tessellation, we don't allow overlaps.