The Vitruvian Man is a drawing created by Leonardo da Vinci circa 1490. It is accompanied by notes based on the work of the architect Vitruvius. The drawing, which is in pen and ink on paper, depicts a male figure in two superimposed positions with his arms and legs apart and simultaneously inscribed in a circle and square. The drawing and text are sometimes called the Canon of Proportions or, less often, Proportions of Man (Wikipedia)
Golden Ratio and Art: This drawing is based on the correlations of ideal human proportions with geometry described by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius in Book III of his treatise De Architectura. Vitruvius described the human figure as being the principal source of proportion among the Classical orders of architecture. Vitruvius determined that the ideal body should be eight heads high. Leonardo’s drawing is traditionally named in honor of the architect. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitruvian_Man (Wikipedia)
In a previous post, “The Golden Ratio In Nature” (http://www.anneskyvington.com/golden-ratio-aesthetics/) I pointed out how this ratio appears in many forms of nature and of science.
Many buildings and artworks reflect the Golden Ratio: the Parthenon in Greece, and many other classical buildings in Europe. But it is not really known if it was designed that way. Some artists and architects believe the Golden Ratio makes the most pleasing and beautiful shape.
There is a mathematical ratio commonly found in nature—the ratio of 1 to 1.618—that has many names. Most often we call it the Golden Section, Golden Ratio, or Golden Mean, but it’s also occasionally referred to as the Golden Number, Divine Proportion, Golden Proportion, Fibonacci Number, and Phi.
If any creative person deserves to be discovered it is Paul Atroshenko: Artist, Photographer, Video Maker. Have a look at his website at http://www.atroshenko.com/ displaying his eclectic works of art and his excellent travel photography. He has also created amazing videos of walks around Sydney. And check out this latest one of dolphins playing in the waves at Tamarama Beach! The Sydney Morning Herald has placed it on their website.
And don’t forget to visit the 2014 sculptures by the sea from Bondi to Tamarama!
Since living on the north side of the Harbour for the past two years, I’ve come to appreciate the tranquillity and beauty of the Harbour views from our balcony, which we exchanged for the beach. Another positive aspect of living on the north shore is being close to the North Sydney Swimming Pool. It was built in 1938, five years after the construction of the Bridge, and three years after the opening of Luna Park. Situated between the monolithic grandeur of the Bridge to the east, and Luna Park with its playfulness to the west, it has borrowed some of the features of these two icons in its architecture. The graded arches on the facade mimic those of the Bridge, and it has picked up the “funny” features of Luna Park–with its famous face and Chrysler Building towers–and in its art deco details of frogs, a seagull and a lizard.
In its heyday in the 1950s to the 1970s, many famous Olympic swimmers trained here. There’s a hall of fame with names such as Lorraine Crapp, Dawn Frazer, John and Ilsa Konrads, and Shane Gould enshrined there. It was on or near this site, too, that the Australian Crawl was first developed in the harbourside Lavender Bay pool.
The Pool was designed in an art deco style that can be defined as “stripped classical”.
The original indigenous inhabitants of this land, the Cammeraygal, were described as a very powerful people. They used to paddle across the Harbour to the present-day site of Farm Cove to perform initiation ceremonies. One of these was recorded to have occurred in 1795. The Cammeraygal survived the worst effects of the disease that wiped out a lot of the indigenous population in 1789. However, by 1800 traditional social structures had been profoundly changed by colonisation.