Harmony of the World
Public Mosaics by Patrick McGee seen at California Station, Chicago - Harmony of the World
Public Mosaics by Patrick McGee seen at California Station, Chicago - Harmony of the WorldPublic Mosaics by Patrick McGee seen at California Station, Chicago - Harmony of the WorldPublic Mosaics by Patrick McGee seen at California Station, Chicago - Harmony of the World
Patrick McGee’s exquisite “Harmony of the World" (resin tile mosaic; 2015), at Chicago’s California subway station, is derived from the artist’s paintings of water lilies in nearby Humboldt Park. The flowerlike form of the ceiling mosaic, with spreading petals, symbolizes the many varied destinations that riders can choose as they enter the station. McGee used Penrose tiling in this piece, which 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.

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