A visual equivalent for the pars pro toto concept would be the Ornament.
Ornaments are used as a decorative element in Architecture, in Textiles or on Wallpapers (see img1). One Ornament represents the whole image. It´s repeated to a pattern and could be build up to infinity (in theory...)
I started to experiment with my own ornamental system (see img2 and img3) and decided to build an ornamental city. Every piece or tile has a certain grid and certain interfaces - All pieces can be arranged on any side (see img4 and img5). The system allows you to build a city in random combinations, there is no final image!
My first version (see img6) was drawn with brush pen in black and white, a second version (see img7) is fully vectorized. Finally I decided to add some color to the backgrounds and the objects (see img8). A labyrinth was born!
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