Monday, 6 May 2013

Asymmetrical Symmetry

"I wonder if whoever made this realized that they had captured the fundamental truth that while the tendency towards symmetry is an essential and rather obvious component of all natural things, it is the asymmetry that makes the crucial difference."

"How do you know that?" she asked.

"I'm not as dumb as you think," I replied, "And I do like pondering abstract sculpture."

"Oh... The sculpture?" she said. "I thought you were talking about the flowers."

 

9 comments:

  1. Beauty is the shadow of imperfection.

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  2. I'm reminded of Blake's fearful symmetry.

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  3. I'm rather keen on unexpected urban art and I like this piece. Not a clue what it is or means, but I like it. It's in Perth?

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  4. Perth sculpture trail on thewest bank of the Tay Craig

    I see Claude has been rearranged in both time and space in that photo :)

    My shadow must be very beautiful then Susan :)

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  5. The asymmetry of flowers - worth pondering, that one.

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  6. It most certainly is James, for you will never find a perfectly symmetrical flower if you examine them close enough, and even by eye is close enough usually, never mind going deeper, when the asymmetry just keeps growing. It's rather profound actually, the issue of the approximation to symmetry by asymmetrical things that, if combined and averaged, tend to perfect symmetry. Just as you will never find a spherical planet, etc...

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  7. Apart from the asymmetry in the sculpture I also see two people kissing...

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  8. Ah... I had not, but I do see now. I love seeking different meanings in these things. It is a mistake to think they must mean one thing. I recall my exchange with the sculptor of a piece in our High Street (buried somewhere deep in this blog) where he enjoyed my interpretation although it was not at all what was in his mind as he created the work.

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  9. I have to confess I am not a fan of modern sculptures. But when placed in a natural rather than in a museum, they seem to have more depth and present ideas in my head!

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