At first, I thought that this was an art piece filled with symbolic designs. I was surprised to discover the word synergy as I examined it more closely. I can see the complexities of Scott’s design in creating such a brain twisting optical illusion. I find it a very clever idea to mix up ambigrams and tessellation because they are quite related.
About the Synergy 1981
This is yet another interesting artwork by Thomas that will challenge the viewer’s critical thinking. I have learned that this Synergy 1981 tessellation was created with two 90° centers of rotation. This design exhibits synergy in two ways. First, the word crosses itself four times at two different types of junctions. The letter S becomes Y whereas letter E becomes R. Secondly, the letters are joined in pairs, decreasing the quantity of modules to only three. Scott created this optical illusion in such a way that the pattern fills a grid without any openings.
About the Artist
Since 1990 Scott Kim has been a full-time independent designer of visual puzzles and games for the web, computer games, magazines and toys. His puzzles are in the spirit of Tetris and M.C. Escher which are visually stimulating, thought provoking, broadly appealing, and highly original. Scott has created hundreds of puzzles for magazines and thousands for computer games. He is especially interested in daily, weekly and monthly puzzles for the web and portable devices.
Scott’s educational background includes work in graphic design, user interface design, programming and mathematics. Scott also has a BA in music and a PhD in Computers and Graphic Design from Stanford University. His colleagues include leading puzzle designers around the world, computer puzzle game designers, and mathematics educators. Scott frequently talks at game design and mathematics education conferences. He has written two books: Inversions, and The NewMedia Puzzle Workout.
Thank you very much Scott Kim for allowing us to post and share your incredible ambigram. If you wish to know more about his interesting works, you can go and visit his website.
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