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Alphabet in Mirror Symmetry

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Project by Phil32 posted 09-20-2018 12:03 AM 644 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another interesting lettering design by Scott Kim, who was called the “Escher of the Alphabet” by Isaac Asimov. The entire alphabet, in order, is shown in mirror symmetry. That is, if you draw a vertical line down the center of this design, the left half is the mirror image of the right half.

In this relief carving, the letters were incised into the basswood, then the area around the letters was carved away, leaving a frame of the same wood. The wood was sealed and gel stain wiped into the incised letters. Basswood, 6” x 13”

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA





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#1 posted 09-20-2018 12:57 AM

The more I look at this the more I like it

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 09-20-2018 01:30 AM

Great carving and a slick subject. The symmetry is pretty mind blowing.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#3 posted 09-20-2018 10:29 PM

Beautiful carving, has a very Arts & Crafts style look to it. But wasn’t it kind of cheating to make q the only lower case letter? LOL

Thanks for sharing

-- Leafherder

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#4 posted 09-21-2018 10:47 PM



Beautiful carving, has a very Arts & Crafts style look to it. But wasn t it kind of cheating to make q the only lower case letter? LOL

Thanks for sharing

- leafherder


If you’re willing to ignore the vertical part of the lower case “q,” the curve as placed on the “O” could be read as the capital “Q.” Thanks for your comment.

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA

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#5 posted 09-23-2018 02:46 PM

Yes but that puts Q out of order. And I wasn’t accusing you of cheating – but the artist Scott Kim. Just teasing, I have a puckish sense of humor, so did Asimov. :-)

It realy is a beautiful carving and it makes you really look at details and you did a great job of adapting the design to wood.

-- Leafherder

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#6 posted 09-23-2018 03:39 PM

Scott Kim is amazing. I was working at JPL when the Voyager 2 mission went beyond Saturn, heading on to Uranus and Neptune. Kim designed a badge that said “Goodbye Saturn.” When you rotated it 180 degrees, it read “Hello Uranus.” The word Uranus was Saturn inverted! He has other examples where words or phrases read exactly the same when inverted.

The examples I’ve used are from Masters of Deception, 2004, Sterling Publishing Co. New York

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA

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