Bridges 2011 Regular Paper

Abacaba! – Using a Mathematical Pattern to Connect Art, Music, Poetry and Literature
Mike Naylor
(Proceedings pages 89–96)


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.