Yin and yang

Thinking about the terrible recent events in Japan, I found myself wanting to add something beautiful and positive into the world, so I found myself creating a fractal version of the Taijitu, the ancient symbol of Yin and Yang (or, in Japanese, In and Yo).

Variations on this symbol, which is most broadly defined as “a symmetrical pattern inside a circle”, show up in everything from forms in nature to the flag of South Korea:


One thing that appealed to me about creating a fractal version is that it creates a kind of wave-like effect. A wave, the symmetrical interplay between substance and void, seems like a perfect symbol of Yin and Yang. And of course very bad things can happen when a wave gets out of balance. So perhaps to help restore some positive balance into the world, here is my first attempt at a fractal Taijitu:



3 Responses to “Yin and yang”

  1. Raphael says:

    Nice idea.
    For completeness’ sake, I have inverted the upper half so that it resembles the original yin-yang.

    See http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/9144/fractalyinyang.png

    Less waves, more fishes.

  2. admin says:

    Nice variation!!! :-)

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