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Prime Marks consists of 72 15x15cm canvases showing numbers from 1 to 72.

Each number is depicted using symbols and each single symbol represents a prime number. A non-prime number is represented by a combination of symbols showing its prime factors.

For example, 2 and 3 which are primes are represented by a yellow chevron and a red triangle respectively. The non-prime 6 is represented by its prime factors 2 and 3 (2×3=6) shown as a yellow chevron and a red triangle. All 72 numbers are derived in the same way.

This arrangement in a 9x8 block show how the prime and factored numbers repeat and make patterns. The canvases can also be arranged in other ways (e.g. 6x12, 7x10, 18x4) each time exposing different patterns and relationships.

Materials used:

Acrylic, Crayon, Tissue, Plaster

Prime Marks (2010)


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Paul Ashwell

United Kingdom

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