Saturday, May 19, 2012

Symmetry & Rhythm

We can find symmetry and rhythm everywhere in our everyday life: in nature, architecture, art, products...

·        NATURE:
  • A honeycomb is a structure forms by a mass of regular hexagonal wax cells built by honey bees in their nests to contain their larvae and stores of honey and pollen. It is a good example of symmetry and rhythm.
  • A tiger faces. We observe that this specimen has a symmetry faces and a symmetry pattern of stripes. The pattern of stripes is unique to each animal, these unique marking can be used by researchers to identify individuals. The stripe pattern is also found on the skin of the tiger. It seems likely that the function of stripes is camouflage.


  • La Laboral church is a piece of unique architectural interest in which the grand elliptical dome and the lavish exterior decoration particularly stand out. This is a space that has not been demystified, thus giving rise to the co-existence of religious, artistic and exhibition uses without any hint of incompatibility. In this photography we see clearly the perfect symmetry of the building and ornamentation (Virgin and Saint sculptures).

The atrio corintio is a rectangular courtyard with ten granite columns 10, 5 m high, other example of symmetry on La Laboral. And in the right photograph we also observe the beautiful radial symmetry and rhythm of the astonishing Laboral Church dome. (It is an image took inside the church). The dome weighs 2.300 tons. It was built on twenty pairs arch rib of bricks which are crossed and hold up the structure. Because of it there aren’t columns into the church. 450.000 bricks were used on the construction.

·        ART:

  • These two paintings are examples of symmetry in art. It is common find symmetry on religious painting because symmetry gives a sober, strictness and power tone. Painting 1: Fiesta de Pascua. Pinting 2: Crucifixion.
  • Pop art style usually uses rhythm in its paintings, as we can see. It combines the same photo in four or more squares which are different coloured one of other. The colours are complementary and they also follow a rhythm.

And this are our own examples of symmetry and rhythm:

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Iratxe and Lucía