– Stretchable materials
When a flexible object is stretched, whether a rubber
band or a piece of fabric, it typically becomes thinner or narrower toward its center. Certain materials, however, grow in
width as well as length when stretched. The result might resemble a lattice with open spaces, but the result is still highly
Particular geometric patterns are found to show a similar two-dimensional
enlargement when stretched. These are called tessellations, repeated patterns which fill a surface without overlapping. Such
patterns are common in Arabic or Islamic art, and they date back to Roman times and earlier post-flood civilizations. The
website included here shows paper examples of the expandable patterns. Similar repeated patterns also appear in nature, as
for example beehive hexagons made of wax, crystal forms, seeds on berries, spines on cacti, etc.
These applications show the practical interface between art
and technology. In both the living and nonliving world, we are surrounded by ideas for new products and solutions to technical
problems. In other words, the evidence for intelligent design by the Creator is all around us.