Math and Escher and the Saint Louis University Prison Program
Saint Louis University's Prison Program is an educational program for both inmates and staff.
Math and the Art of Escher is one of the courses offered and the work shown on this page represents the mathematical artwork produced during the nine week course.
The Rosette patterns are finite motifs classified by the reflections they may or may not have and the order of the rotation. The rosettes created varied from the abstract to more representational. The students turned in sketches to show the design process and wrote a paper explaining the mathematics used to create the design.
|The sketches showing the design of the symmetries.||Ocean Treasures by J. Wooldridge|
The border patterns varied from abstract to representational.
The border depicting three celtic crosses combines several mathematical examples from class. The Celtic Crosses show knot work designs. The over-under crossings tend to break symmetry. In this case there is no reflectional or rotational symmetry and what remains is the translational symmetry ("shifts") that map one cross to another. The interpretation of these crosses representing the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost is interesting in that light.
The tessellations varied from interesting designs that show a theme such as Love over Hate by C. Riley, to a design that reminds one of the Metamorphosis prints by Escher, to tessellations based on recognizable figures.
Gallery of Rosette Designs