buffalo tessellation
  Tessellations from Villa Montessori elementary school, Phoenix, Arizona

Buffalo tessellation

by Bennet

Bennet's buffalo shape is most clearly recognizable in the buffalo-colored animal in the south-west corner. Note the dropped nose, buffalo beard, shaggy coat, and broad forehead topped with long ears.

Why're the other buffalos blue? It's because they come from states that voted for Democrats.

This tessellation repeats purely via the translation (slide) method: the buffalos don't turn over and play dead, and they don't head in any direction except left. You know-- like Democrats.

This tessellation is a clear example of the "TTTT" type in the Heesch tessellation classification system. That means, each tile touches four other tiles (that's why there are 4 "T"s), and translation (represented by each "T") is the only way they repeat.

Bennet used the Papercut Method of making tessellations . To emphasize how the technique works, I've separated the example tile, above, into its four component corner-pieces.

We now know why Bailey Jo's gorillas look so nervous. It's because Bennet's one-ton buffalos are stampeding.

Somebody, go warn Bennet.