Abacaba! – Using a Mathematical Pattern to Connect Art, Music, Poetry and Literature

Mike Naylor
Proceedings of Bridges 2011: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2011)
Pages 89–96 Regular Papers


Any mathematical pattern can be used to create artwork. By exploring connections between patterns and the phenomena in which they occur, we can find not only surprising connections but also inspiration for creative works. We explore a simple binary fractal pattern and connect it to many areas of mathematics and the arts, including pictures, music, literature and poetry. Links to music, lesson plans and materials are provided for artists and teachers to explore this rich pattern further.