Linkages to Op-Art

John Sharp
Bridges London: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2006)
Pages 497–502


Many artists using mathematical curves to generate lines in their work use Lissajous figures or cycloids. There are many other curves which can be drawn “mechanically” and linkages do not appear to have been used in an obvious way. In my op-art period many years ago, I used a simple linkage and I have resurrected this to create some new ideas following a particular interest in the lemniscate.