My kids have off school for Yom Kippur and, since we’re of the Catholic persuasion and not obligated to go to services, I try to take them on field trips on those days. Places tend to be more empty since it’s a weekday and since many districts don’t have off school (we happen to have a fairly large Jewish population). This year, we went to the Wadsworth Atheneum – which happens to be the nation’s oldest public art museum – and Hartford City Hall – which is Beaux Arts gorgeous and happens to be right next door to the Atheneum.
In between the two is a little piazza with fountain jets coming out of the stonework on the ground, trees, benches, and an enormous (50′ high) steel plate sculpture of a stegosaurus by Alexander Calder.
The kids ran through the fountain, playing water tag with each other and the stegosaur while I snapped pix and tried to make sure they didn’t “tag” some poor innocent passerby.
I had been so immersed in seeing other patterns through the day’s activities that I didn’t even notice the pattern possibilities in the sculpture until a friend pointed it out to me after seeing the pictures. (Bad CZT!!)
I tried oh so very many versions trying to get something that would work as a tangle pattern and, oy, what a headache. Finally, I broke through (I think – I guess you’ll be the judge!) and came up with something that can work (imo) both as a single unit and in a chain and those are below.
So, how do architects fit in? Well, as I was choosing a name, I went to google just to see if any of the possibilities seemed to be taken already and came across a Wikipedia entry for Christopher Alexander, an architect who proposed something called a “pattern language“. How appropriate! So, in honor of the sculptor and the architect, here’s Alexander:
Hope you like him!