Asymmetry within Symmetry within Asymmetry: Ned Kahn’s Firefly. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry)


Good Morning:

Nature seems a bit more apathetic towards symmetry than humans. Insects, some crystals, fish when you look at them straight down, but humans seem more enamored of the subject. Unless you examine modern office architecture, my workplace the HQ of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission constituting one example. Most of the building isn’t even a proper rectangle–but not all of it. Ned Kahn’s Firefly stands out as the most prominent exception.

Ned Kahn's Firefly, 13 February 2015.

Ned Kahn’s Firefly, 13 February 2015.

But even here, you can see asymmetry within the symmetry. Since those little plastic squares flap in the wind, and since the wind is anything but symmetrical, you can see the randomly chaotic asymmetrical shape of the late afternoon breeze formed within the symmetrical squares of the rectangular sculpture outside the asymmetrical office building beneath the asymmetrical clouds in the sky.

All of which I suspect Mr. Kahn wanted to capture in art.

Vonn Scott Bair


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  1. Pingback: Rain Portal, by Ned Kahn. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall) | The San Francisco Scene--Seen!

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