Birds of a Feather (Art)

I received so many “Likes” and comments on Facebook for this design, I thought I’d explore it a bit more.

Here’s the basic 4-cell tile:

Tile 1-3M-1-3M
Tile 1-3M-1-3M

The two right cells are mirror images of the two left cells, then rotated 180 degrees.

Here’s the repeating pattern:

Pattern 1-3M-1-3M
Pattern 1-3M-1-3M

This is a 2-shape tessellation, though the shapes are identical, only mirror-images of each other:

2-shape tessellation
2-shape tessellation

Here’s the tessellation in two colors:

2-color tessellation
2-color tessellation

What else can we do with this pattern? How about a picture?

Birds in flight over mountains
Birds in flight over mountains

How about abstract art?

Abstract art
Abstract art

Click on the blank pattern above, and try your own hand at coloring it different ways. I’d love to see what you come up with.

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