In short, no pattern is an isolated entity. Each pattern can exist in the world only to the extent that is supported by other patterns: the larger patterns in which it is embedded, the patterns of the same size that surround it, and the smaller patterns which are embedded in it.~Christopher Alexander
This week, Ann-Christine has challenged us to capture patterns–large and small. Needless to say, her wonderful theme has been on my mind as we travel this week to Vancouver, British Columbia (B.C.) where we are spending some time with our son and his girlfriend. My collection from B.C. is grouped by type–patterns in nature, architecture, art, and language. Ready? Here we go.
Patterns in Nature
Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.~Richard P. Feynman
I was fascinated by the patterns within patterns in this lovely zinnia. It is part of a splendid hotel garden in Victoria, British Columbia.
This dahlia in the rooftop garden of my son’s apartment building startled me with its beauty. Aren’t the purple shadings gorgeous?
Patterns in Architecture
From a sequence of these individual patterns, whole buildings with the character of nature will form themselves within your thoughts, as easily as sentences.~Christopher Alexander
Vancouver House, a new residential tower under construction near the waterfront, appears to defy gravity as it narrows and then expands upward. The patterns of balconies, windows, and walls is mesmerizing.
Patterns in Art
Naturally, patterns emerge through repetition, and repetition yields up a type of discovery that reveals everything about itself, especially its sorry limits.~Jan Peacock
On a cloudy day in Vancouver, I turned the corner in Yaletown and spotted this wonderful exhibit of street art. The umbrellas, suspended by wires, made beautiful patterns under a canopy of trees.
Patterns in Language
Language uses agreed-upon symbols with agreed upon meanings. But in this street sign on Grandville Island, there appears to be some confusion about which language to use!
So, as I end my post on “patterns,” I’d just like to add one last thought: the human mind searches for patterns to make sense of the world. However, we can overuse our pattern-making skills and make quick “default” responses to a complex situation, a dilemma, or a different culture or society. For example, I overheard some tourists this week complaining that Canadians never serve drinks with ice and never have enough garbage cans on their streets. (Really??)
It’s tempting to resort to snap judgments, which are quicker and easier than analyzing a situation in all its complexity. For better or for worse, life itself, human beings, and our societies are quite complex and wonderfully contradictory.
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