This week Ann-Christine has chosen an intriguing theme. She asks us to share perfect patterns. I know this is subjective–everyone has his/her own idea of what’s perfect. But I’ll start with Mother Nature. There will be little debate that she creates amazing designs.
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
This cone flower captured at sunset looks perfect to me–its shape, its design, and its colors. Do you agree?
The same is true of this spider web that caught the sunlight when I was walking to work. The beads of water and the web itself make a stunningly perfect design.
Art is pattern informed by sensibility.
Now, I’ll shift to human design. I captured this ceiling on a once-in-a-lifetime visit to Ellis Island before its renovation. A small group of us walked through the abandoned site, where a stethoscope was still on an examining table from 1954 (the year the site closed). I could imagine the cacophony of voices– the immigrants’ and the officials’, and the thrum of chaos as the newcomers, fearful of failing the entrance requirements, were questioned, examined, and processed. In the 1970’s, the place was in near ruin. Even the magnificent main hall had crumbling paint, peeling plaster. But when I looked up at the ceiling, the original beauty of the architectural design was still on display.
(Historical note: Twelve million immigrants passed through this building in New York City from January 1, 1892 to November, 1954.)
When we were visiting Lisbon, I loved the sidewalks and squares paved in intricate patterns. As you can probably imagine, you can feel a little dizzy when walking on this pavement!
For thousands of years, artisans in Portugal, Spain, Italy and other countries around the world arranged small flat pieces of stones in a pattern or image, similar to a mosaic. Today, it’s a dying art.
Perfect Interior Design
I couldn’t resist re-publishing this image of one of my favorite interior spaces in London. I love how the carpet, winding staircase, wrought-iron design and the tiled floor on the bottom floor all work so well together. To my way of thinking, it’s perfect.
When I first saw this mosaic in Ravenna, Italy, I was stunned. The colors, the intricate design, and its beauty were remarkable. It took generations of mosaic artists to complete this work in the Basilica of San Vitale.
Food is our common ground, a universal experience.– James Beard
In closing, I’ll circle back to Mother Nature, who is an amazing architect. In this simple kiwi fruit, black seeds are set in shallow grooves, arranged around a white center, and colored a vivid shade of green. It would take a great of the imagination for one of us to create something that comes close to this uniquely appealing fruit with a “sunny” disposition.
Ann-Christine’s theme this week has reminded me that patterns are everywhere once we start to look for them. You may or not agree that my choices are “perfect,” but it’s been fun sharing my version of perfection. We invite you all to share your perfect finds with us. Be sure to visit Leya to see Ann-Christine’s wonderful finds in Copenhagen and closer to home. Include a link to her original post and use the Lens-Artists tag so we can easily find you in the Reader.
Many thanks for all of you who shared so many wonderful diagonals – in nature, in architecture, in wildlife, in cities, in the country and just about everywhere else! Your collections last week were fabulous.
Next week, it’s Tina’s turn to host LAPC #230, so be sure to visit her beautiful and inspiring site next Saturday at noon Eastern Standard Time. Until then, have a week filled with purpose, good health, and inspiration.