Saturday, January 22, 2011

Putting History into Practice-BP 2

The first image showcases these circles as a mosaic across from a window that casts this pattern onto the ground and sidewalks. The circles in this structure join each square together. The repetition of the circles in this pattern is key to this picture. It truly incorporates the principle of repetition leading to a sense of unity. The joining of circles to the shape of a square creates that sense of oneness even though there are 2 different shapes.

This image showcases the element of groups. Located inside the EUC, these vertical pannels draw the eye up to the circle ceiling (image above). The wood panels create harmony through the blend of different wood shades.

The clock tower utilizes the elements of both groups and stacks. It reaches to vertical heights, but also incorporates levels including that of the bells, the clock itself, and the pointed peak at the top. This structure is almost set aside, as if it is sacred. I think its environment can influence rituals to occur. Events or memories can be formed around the clock tower because of its significance and beauty.

From this exercise, environments influence rituals in my opinion. If you think about famous gathering areas, rituals all formed around those spaces. Times Square is famous for so many things, including New Years Eve celebrations. That ritual formed around that environment. Church buildings influence the tradition of worship and communion with God. These man made objects, spaces and buildings all create a feeling inside us, in turn making a ritual come about in some fashion or another.

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