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Repetitive Motions

Categories: Art + Graphics

With the natural world as peerless inspiration—think zebra stripes, flower petals and ladybug dots—it may be little wonder that repetition has long been an effective visual device in art and design.

Examples of repeated decorative motifs date back to prehistoric pottery and early textile prints, through to mid-20th Century wallpaper and Andy Warhol silkscreens. The human eye, it turns out, is pleased by the order, balance and symmetry in patterns resulting from a single element, artfully repeated.

In the built world, patterns and repetition have an obvious appeal, both aesthetic and practical, be it in the form of meticulously measured floor tiles, or exactingly applied roof shingles. But amid these more glamorous features lie mundane ones—temporary  fences, window grills, park benches—which too, upon closer inspection, may be vital contributors of beauty and harmony where ugliness and chaos may just as easily reside.


Photo credits:  Promila Shastri

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