Posted by on Oct 8, 2012 in Blog, Tangle Step-Out | 7 comments

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!



  1. 10-8-2012

    Coolt angle Kelley!

  2. 10-8-2012

    Cool tangle Kelley!

  3. 10-9-2012

    Ah, my second favourite Calder.

    First would be Crossed Blades, same year as us, Sydney.

    • 10-10-2012

      Sadly, I had to go look up Crossed Blades. Interesting how something so similar can look so very different at the same time! (And Lordy we’re old!)

  4. 10-10-2012

    Yay!! Great job Kelley 🙂 Wow your step -outs are fantastic, a different take on what I was thinking. I’ll have to give your patterns a try 🙂

    • 10-10-2012

      @Deanna – You’ll have to do one based on the same sculpture, wouldn’t that be cool?

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