Most things in nature are painted with curved, non-linear patterns. From the smooth, rounded pebbles of a stream to the delicate aspen leaves, God’s creation consists of bodies that fold back into themselves and present a rounded completeness with few harsh edges.
If nature’s way is mostly curvilinear, man’s way is mostly linear. The straight, triangulated lines of Egypt’s great pyramids surprise the eye, as do the vertical lines of New York’s towering skyscrapers. They seem unnatural, and yet these structures represent some of man’s finest and most awesome creations.
Occasionally, man crosses over and uses the roundness so common to nature. Frank Lloyd Wright’s design of the Guggenheim museum and Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome are examples of this. It’s interesting to note that such a crossover generates that same sense of surprise in the mind’s eye; from men we expect lines, and from God, curves.
Day 6 Guide
Some of the most interesting creations surprise the eye. Look at God’s nature to find instances of lines, and then look at man’s creations to find curves.
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