Chinese National Day Tessellation applied to Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport 国庆节深圳宝安国际机场

Diamond Lattice Labyrinth (10,1) in honour of the National Day of The People’s Republic of China is illustrated in the previous post. I would like to employ it as a paving in Shenzhen City, where my elder son lives and works. Large open spaces seem to be rare in Shenzhen ( 深圳 ) and are in any case dwarfed by the new large INDOOR space at the latest Chinese marvel,  Bao’an International Airport 国庆节深圳宝安国际机场. A lattice labyrinth paving is quite inappropriate for an international airport, which greenhorns like  myself find quite sufficiently labyrinthine without being led astray by dragons on the floor. But, what the heck, here anyway is an artist’s impression of how it might look – a trainee architect’s impression actually, as it has been conjured up by my younger son, who is not very satisfied with the result but probably hasn’t the time to refine it.

Shenzhen-Airport tesselation

At least its visual simplicity matches that of the canopy. Images to be found on the internet, like the original of the above, still tend to predate Bao’an’s opening – hence the lack of people and airport clutter.

P.S. Links to the how-to-do-it workbook: From the publisher, or via you-know-who , better,  from a good independent bookshop or just Google.


About davescarthin

After terminating academic and local government careers, long an independent bookseller/publisher at Scarthin Books, Cromford, Derbyshire, UK. An antiquarian bookseller in two senses, I now have more time to be an annuated independent post-doc, developing the long dormant topic of lattice labyrinth tessellations - both a mathematical recreation and a source of compelling practical tiling and textile designs. Presenting a paper and experiencing so many others at Bridges Seoul 2014 Mathart conference was a great treat, as were the spirited MathsJam Annual Conferences in November 2016 and 2017. I'm building up to a more academic journal paper and trying hard to find practical outlets in graphic design and landscape architecture. I submitted 8 ft square tiling designs to the Wirksworth Festival Art and Architecture Trail in 2016 and 2017. I love giving illustrated talks, tailored to the audience. Get in touch to commission or to collaborate.
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