Fractal flakes

To decorate for our winter party before the semester-end break, we made paper snowflakes in art class at school.

Being the geek that I am, I made a mobile from the fractal of the Koch snowflake, which starts from a single equilateral triangle, and keeps adding triangles onto the triangles. The mobile is made from the first three iterations, cut out as nested pieces, plus the background to the largest, which is trimmed as a circle.

(The mobile’s crossbar is the metal edge that came loose from a ruler; it’s being employed in this manner to prevent misuse by unruly students.)

mobile made of three successive fractal iterations of the Koch snowflake, and the background piece of the largest

mobile made of three successive fractal iterations of the Koch snowflake, and the background piece of the largest

More on the Koch snowflake: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koch_snowflake

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5 Comments

  1. Elizabeth said,

    24 December 2012 at 9:24

    very cool. did you get the fractal calendar this year? I like them, they invigorate.

    • andrea said,

      24 December 2012 at 11:14

      Ooh, I didn’t know there was one! What’s the ISBN?

  2. 19 December 2012 at 22:30

    awesome! That is really creative, I’m impressed.

  3. psychtld said,

    19 December 2012 at 7:37

    my daughter’s as mad as her dad… she actually drew – by hand – about 2 years ago, aKoch birdie-flip!


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