Makoto Nakamura

Japan Tessellation Design Association
Tokyo, JAPAN

For the four decades, I have been creating a variety of tessellation works to uncover the potential of tessellation design established by M. C. Escher as an artistic technique. My recent focuses are on creating spherical puzzles consisting of identical pieces with animal motifs familiar to non-specialists in geometry. Such puzzles could contribute intuitive understanding of profound nature of polyhedra through playing to solve them. Challenges to create the puzzles are robustness in large size enough for players to repeatedly assemble and disassemble by themselves. In this artwork, Ethylene Vinyl Acetate(EVA) is utilized because of its beneficial features such as lightweight, soft sensory and ease of laser cutting.

Rabbits Inhabiting on Sphere
Rabbits Inhabiting on Sphere
40 x 40 x 40 cm
Ethylene Vinyl Acetate(EVA)

Twenty four rabbits inhabit getting along with each other on sphere. Rabbits are harmonically coordinated in the spherical symmetry group "432". They can be flexibly broken apart into pieces when disassembling, and can be stably fitting together once assembled.