Listening to individual, separate musical notes can be quite a dry experience, but arranging notes in a specific way, with their length and pitch fixed in a perfect blend, can ignite a new magical power that once was not there.
The same is true in the visual arts when it comes to producing something impressive out of the ordinary. I have found its use ever-present in Islamic arts.
You can see in the above illustration that a beautiful motif is created by simply replicating and rotating a particular Arabic letter in different geometrical values. In most cases, mind–boggling patterns and complex geometric structures are very simple at heart. In other words, the way you arrange elements is what makes the difference.
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