The Black Widow Tessellation

balck widow tessellation

The black polygons in this radial tessellation are regular decagons. The red figures are hourglass-shaped equilateral hexagons, which remind me of the distinctive red markings found on many black widow spiders.

Two Hourglass Cubes


Hourglass Cube

There are two six-member sets of hourglasses in the near-cube above, each of which is made of four not-quite-coplanar faces. One set is green and blue, while the other is magenta and blue.

If the polyhedron above is stellated nine times, the hourglasses expand until they compose the entire polyhedron. (To enlarge it, simply click on it.)

Hourglass cube

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