Monday, April 12, 2010
Very few right angles occur in nature. The only one that comes to mind is mineral formation in geology, pyrite for example, the angle of some tree emerging from the ground?
Modern man's environment, very much changed from of those passed, is inundated with sharp geometric angles. Even the cliche, "Think outside the Box" has a visceral resonance of the struggle to deal with this abstract system that we no longer have a choice but to navigate through. Spending a majority of our waking, and sleeping time for that matter, in a small cube, in a larger cube, in an even larger cube, found in/on a grid system based on right angles. The obvious but notable inseparability of the industrial revolution and the response to that in art with Cubism, is an applicable side note. The industrial revolution, bringing hoards of people in from the country side, leaving a more organic existence, towards a more abstracted, geometric (if you will) lifestyle. This is an interesting idea: going from an existence, where a closer existence to nature abounds where work hours happen as they must and leisure hours happen when they are able, moves to a more regimented lifestyle where productivity and energy are scheduled, being just a part of the distancing of industrial humans from an intimate notion of the natural environment.
This is the metaphorical cage, not to sound too alarmist.
Certainly, there are plenty of notable advantages and necessary used in construction to default for the right angle. I am simply trying to point out a correlation with the physical environment that we are constructing with the cognitive, psychological, philosophical and spiritual environment that we are more struggling to come to terms with.