Wednesday, February 26, 2014


This particular image demonstrates proportion in my opinion due to the figure's size, especially when juxtaposed to the surrounding objects.

The cubical object is of a greater size than the bike that is  a bit more foreground. With the great difference in size, there is a relationship that is established between these two objects. The object is incredibly large and dwarfs that of the observer. Clearly, the artist or artists who crafted this piece made it to create tension, emphasis, especially by placing it on this pedestal. Just by walking down the street that this structure is located on, this cube captures your attention.

What made me ultimately decide to capture this image and use it towards this assignment, is that the proportion and the craftsmanship of the structure, became thought-provoking. I believe that a great aspect of proportion is to not just establish a relationship between one object in relation to others in the image but also a relationship of the large object to the viewer. I started asking myself, what is the significance of this sculpture? Does it derive a set of meanings because it is placed in a busy location like that of NYC? Does it attempt to mimic the lives of New Yorkers in that we are always so absorbed in our own lives that we are boxed in and ripped from reality? Is our lives that of a geometric shape, reveling complexity and intricacies but still going nowhere? Or is it simply to demonstrate a piece by a Cooper Union student or alum?

The Design Elements textbook states, "Although geometric shapes and relationships clearly occur in nature, the message a geometric shape conveys is that of something artificial, contrived, or synthetic." There exists a reason as to why this structure is significant and why that significance is attached it its size. The size of the cube makes everything else looks so mundane and almost irrelevant. What is so fascinating is that the geometric shape is not just an ordinary shape and I truly believe that is that the artist(s) wanted to convey. Later on in that same chapter, the author asserts that, " they do with all kinds of form, our brains try to establish meaning by identifying a shape's outer contour." Another component of this structure is that the cube contains shapes within it. The angle that the viewer can see in this picture, shows that one surface or dimension is divided into 4 smaller squares and within those same squares are shapes. The structure is like one giant Rubik cube of meaning and depth, and that truly gets conveyed through its size or proportion.

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