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Tuesday, September 26, 2006


Once upon a time, before the advent of rap, there was only one M.C.: M.C. Escher (Maurits Cornelis Escher, 1889-1972). In addition to his pictorial tricks of gravity and perspective, Escher raised creative tessellation (symmetries) to an art form, devising patterns of identical and perfectly interlocking birds, fish, crabs, and the lizards that are the basis of this tie, among many others. His symmetries are eminently suitable for college dorm wall posters and have probably sold millions of copies in that form; Boxelder of Milwaukee has printed them on neckties for those of us in the older set.

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