Is It A Tessellation Or Not?
Photo of Peacock Feathers

Defining tessellation through examples
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escher-style tiling of peacock feathers

This is a professionally done photo on loan to us from Ben and Bear, an eco-friendly handbag maker.
BUT... is it a tessellation?
Put your mouse cursor on the green box below to see Webmaster Sethness's opinion.


  • Is This a Tessellation?

    Webmaster Sethness's Opinion: Yes and no.

    In the lower left half of the photo, definitely "YES" because the feathers fit together without gaps or overlaps and clearly, that pattern could be repeated forever to fill an infinite 2D plane. However, in the upper right half of the photo, many of the feathers are overlapping. The "tiles" in a tessellation shouldn't overlap. So, in the upper-right area, "NO".