Game-of-Life Mosaics

Robert Bosch and Julia Olivieri
Proceedings of Bridges 2014: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2014)
Pages 325–328 Short Papers


We used integer programming to design a set of tiles that can be interpreted as still Lifes (stable patterns) in Conway's Game of Life. We designed the tiles to be modular so that when we place tiles side by side, the resulting composite pattern will remain a still Life. We also designed the tiles so that they have various brightnesses. This makes the tiles suitable for constructing still-Life mosaics that resemble user-supplied target images.