Yoshiaki Araki

Japan Tessellation Design Association
Tokyo, JAPAN

Tessellation is one of the best ways to illustrate mathematical natures of the shapes/spaces by repeating the congruent figures along them.
I have been pursuing tessellation design of shapes/spaces to attract wide range of audiences with recognizable figures familiar to them such as animals.
My recent interest is to apply tessellation design to newly discovered shapes/spaces because they are hardly incomprehensible to audiences outside the speciality in most cases.

Parrots Carbon Tree
Parrots Carbon Tree
35 x 35 x 35 cm

This is one of structures built with tessellation pieces designed for a kids workshop on chemistry.
Carbon sp2 network is printed on the one side of the pieces for chemists, and the tessellation work of parrots is for kids on the other side.
Through the workshop kids can experience the basic concept of bottom-up synthesis of nano carbon structure with negative curvature.
The surface consists of congruent regular triangles and the discrete curvatures at the vertices of the surface are designed to be either a negative value, -Pi/3, or zero.