The 2016 Olympic Games open (or opens) in the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 5. The number pair to inspire a Lattice Labyrinth tessellation is therefore (5,8), or (8,5) the mirror image. There are several too many colours in the Olympic logo – one for each of the five rings. Designers are better these days (see the Rio logo below). This feast of five colours does fit quite well with a “cross” of five supertiles of Chinese Lattice Labyrinth (5,8). There really is a distinct yellow supertile in the centre, though the background makes its boundaries quite hard for the eye to fix. Each supertile is made up of 89 square tiles – easy to source in many choices of material. The result if constructed at the right scale (say 200mm x 200mm slabs) would be great for football dribbling practice, and that ought to be part of any Brazilian opening ceremony!
( Note: This post was originally uploaded in January 2015 and has been viewed from Brazil many times but without so far as I know any actual employment of the pavings suggested. I’ve updated it just two days before the actual opening date, having noticed a flurry of visits brought about by the increase in Googling activity immediately preceding the Games)
– but an attempt to use the five colours for a paving of seven supertiles of Honeycomb Lattice Labyrinth (8,5) and its background agora is perhaps a bit much to digest, The Rio Olympic Logo sensibly concentrates the Olympic colours into three shade ranges.
-and finally, here’s another version of the Chinese Lattice Labyrinth (5,8) in vaguely appropriate colours. The hint of swastika, harmless in Asia but taboo in the West, is hard to escape from altogether.
I am complemented and intrigued by the recent downloading of no less than 40 images from this blog by (most likely) un homme Francais or un italiano. He or she can contact Dave Mitchell the blogger via firstname.lastname@example.org but probably won’t want to.
Thanks to Don Steward for posting some lattice labyrinths material on his mathematical education blog.