The triangle is the polygon with fewer number of sides that is possible to be done with straight lines. It´s the most elementary polygon, the primary polygonal unit, the protocell with which we could cover an entire flat surface and compose the rest of the geometric figures.
The seduction of this enigmatic polygon has captured all the geometers in the world, from the builders of the pyramids of Egypt, where the astronomer Thales of Miletus (630 BC) began the study of geometry, to the most advanced investigators. The codes for the formulation of a secret key, the communication system by fax, the improvement of the definition of a photographic reproduction, the distance transmission of X-ray images, or the storage of sounds on disc, have been applications in advanced geometry. But we mustn´t forget that since prehistoric times and later in ancient history, geometry has been inspired by a popular culture that has produced the Mudejar coffered ceilings, the prints of fabrics such as Zulu Ndebele, the mosaics of the gates of Babylon, the Greek and Roman pavements, multitude of musical styles or the creation of a great many modern sculpture and graphic works.
Mosaics makes the most of the isosceles triangles´ property of the same size to always be “congruent” and that two, placed on the same plane so that the ends of the hypotenuse touch, make a rectangular square whose sides are formed by the legs of the triangles. Therefore, an orthogonal grid is superimposed formed by the legs and another one, the diagonal lines formed by the hypotenuse. In combination with the two colors, white and black (positive / negative), the mosaic can form four-way sequences based on mathematical patterns, rhythmic or random, or also intervene at random. Compositions can be made pixel by pixel, or sets, carried away by the pathos or governed by the logos, finding abstract forms, figurative or optical illusions. Not coincidentally, the word mosaic is derived from museum, the temple of the Muses.
As noted by Juan Bordes in his book The Childhood of the vanguard (Ed Chair), “ideas already showed by Jean Sébastien Truchet (1657-1729), French mathematician who applied his mathematical skills to typography, to graphic systematization and to engineering and were developed by the Dominican monk Douat in publications that invited to create geometric compositions based on this system. ”
To sum it up, Mosaics is the game of geometric thinking, free of rules, with which you can explore your mind, accompanied by the Muses and enjoying the moments of maximum inspiration or to relive the exciting experiences that once had, along in history, those who were seduced by geometry.
About the game
Number of players:
1 to 99
Size of the box:
200 x 200 x 90 mm
72 triangles of Wood MDF
Holder of wood MDF