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M. C. Escher Kaleidocycles

M. C. Escher Kaleidocycles

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Intricate patterns and mind-boggling graphics are trademarks of the fascinating creations of M.C. Escher. 

Mysterious and mathematical at once, the magical visual world of Dutch artist M.C. Escher (1898–1972) has captivated scientists and scholars and made its mark on popular culture, inspiring book covers, album art, films, posters, and puzzles.

M. C. Escher Kaleidoscycles puts Escher’s tessellated wonders right at your fingertips with 17 easy-to-assemble paper sculptures. Folding along the score lines, you can transform the artist’s richly geometric designs into three-dimensional polyhedra with forming and reforming patterns, including genius arrangements of flowers, butterflies, lizards, and seashells. The book includes a review of the geometric principles and artistic invention underlying Escher’s optical marvels as well as concise instructions. Long out of print, this mesmerizing set has just been re-released by Taschen, just in time for M. C. Escher: Infinite Variations.

  • Boxed set includes 64-page hardcover book, and 17 paper models to punch out and assemble into 3D sculptures
  • 10.6 × 8.3 inches (26.9 × 21 cm)

About the Contributors

Wallace G. Walker spent most of his career as an independent artist residing in New York City. He was a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and the inventor of IsoAxis®. He worked for I.M. Pei and Partners and taught at both Parsons School of Design and the New York Institute of Technology. He had numerous shows and exhibits in cities across the USA. He returned to his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana in 1989 and continued his artistic activities until his death in 2003.

Doris Schattschneider is Professor Emerita of Mathematics at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where she taught for 34 years. Her dual interest in geometry and art led naturally to the study of M.C. Escher's work. Active as a teacher, lecturer, editor, and writer, she has published widely on Escher's work. 

Explore related artwork by M. C. Escher at the Chrysler Museum

Product Details

  • Instructional Book
  • 1.0 lb (16.0 oz; 454 g)
  • ISBN: 9783836583695
  • SKU010006511

About the Artist, M. C. Escher

The most detailed of all of M. C. Escher's wood block prints is from 1956, Smaller and Smaller. In his own words:

‘The area of each of the reptile-shaped elements of this pattern is regularly and continuously halved towards the centre, where theoretically both infinite smallness in size and infinite greatness in number are reached. However, in practice, the wood-engraver soon reaches the end of his tether. He is dependent on four factors: the quality of his woodblock, the sharpness of his tool, the steadiness of his hand and his optical ability (good eyesight, plenty of light and a powerful magnifying lens). In this particular case, the halving of the figures is continued ad absurdum. The smallest animal still possessing a head, a tail and four legs is about two millimetres long.’

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