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Harmony of the World
Patrick McGee
Resin tile mosaic
2015, Arts in Transit

Derived from the artist’s paintings of water lilies in nearby Humboldt Park, this flowerlike form with spreading petals symbolizes the many varied destinations that riders will experience as they enter the station.

The underlying tile pattern, or tiling, was discovered in 1974 by Roger Penrose, an English mathematical physicist and philosopher of science. Penrose tiling is known for the beautiful patterns it can generate and the peculiar mathematical properties it possesses: it has fivefold pentagonal symmetry and is non-periodic, meaning that the pattern does not repeat itself. This Penrose tiling was inspired by the 1619 treatise by German astronomer Johannes Kepler, Harmonice Mundi (Harmony of the World).


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