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


 This is a composition with rhythm and symmetry, since there is an arrangement of lines harmonic motion and a repetition of lines, too.

Centro Cultural Internacional Niemeyer

The Niemeyer Centre it's a work of Oscar Niemeyer, a very important Brazilian architect. It is located in Aviles (Asturias), and for a year it's a culture reference in all the world

It consist of four structures:

  • A hemisphere. It's 20 metres height, completely smooth and white. It has two floors, about 4000 square metres, to expositions.
  • A cylindrical shape tower with a cylinder on the top. It's 13 metres height. To go up it has spiral stairs. The cylinder is a restaurant and here is the administration. It has many windows, so it offers a beautiful panoramic view of Aviles.
  • A big abstract building. It’s an auditory. In a wall there is a drawing that represents a woman.
  • A building that is similar to a curve line. It's polyvalent; it has a shop, the Film centre and rooms to conferences.

Niemeyer Centre also has a sinuous projecting that joints the museum and the auditory.

The Niemeyer Centre opened on 26th of Mars 2011. Here we can find many activities to do like wa
tch dramatic works and expositions of photos. It is the unique building of Oscar Niemeyer in Spain. Now it's owned of the Government of Asturias but first months it was owned of the Niemeyer Foundation.

Eva Armindo R. 1ºA

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Symmetry around us.

Symmetry is a common phenomenon produced when one side of a picture is exactly the same as the other side but in the other way. Seems like it is a complex phenomenon but it's actually very common in nature, as in art and products.

Axial symmetry:

We can find symmetry in nature in animals as buterflies and in plants as in cactus or dalias.


But symetry is also found in architecture, where it was thought that it was the base of the beautiness. A good example of this is the Partenon, where we can appreciate this try of making it beautiful with symmetry. But also in modern buildings this phenomenon is appreciated as in the "hemisferic".   

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012


 Symmetry appears almost everywhere: in nature, in the human body, in arts... or even in design. Some examples of symmetry are:





And here it's now my own example of radial symmetry:


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Rhythm: Simmetry

Examples of symmetry in plants:

Examples of symmetry in animals:


Examples of symmetry in arts:

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This is my radial symmetry exercise (Unit 6 Activity 3):


Symmetry in nature

It is an example of symetry in nature, in a flower.

This photo is an example of symetry in nature, in a butterfly.

This photo is also an example of symetry in nature, in a pink flower.

Symmetry in art

This photo is an example of symmetry in arts, in a blue and white tiger.

It is an example of symmetry in arts, in a landscape.

This photo is an example of symmetry in arts, in a picture.