This is one where the texture makes all the differencel. The soft edges and the intricate details flow like layered gold into one another, although the diagonal slant pulls the focal point of the piece to the right, away from the more richly-detailed left. As a result, the eye doesn't really settle in one place, instead roving across the piece, unable to decide what to look at. That definitely makes the piece much more active than a piece with a definite focal point, but it also makes the elements more difficult to pull together into a coherent whole.
Still, a very good piece. FarDareisMai would be proud.
"As a result, the eye doesn't really settle in one place, instead roving across the piece, unable to decide what to look at."
^^ If you're searching for puzzle pieces, then your eyes would do the same thing, right? Except, you can eventually solve a puzzle, and this one just is left a mystery I suppose. I suppose this was how I ultimately placed the fractal in a way that seemed appealing. The black edges of the "puzzle pieces" being present in the intersections made by the rule of thirds, forces your eyes to move around. I also think it makes things seem to "interlock" better, but yes, as a result, it forces your eye to wander.