Sunday, January 23, 2011

2nd Blog Post (circles, stacks, and groups)

        Every day I see a multitude of people, friends, classmates, colleges, and even professors gather around the fountain in front of the Cafe. This is a place for students and faculty to get together and relax. And what makes it so easy to relax? Is it the beautiful fountain? The perfect spot for people-watching? Or is is the circular form that has been drawing people together for many years? Well, I would say all of the above, but the most suitable answer is the geometric shape that we know as the circle. 
        Even way back in King Arthur's time, the circle has meant equality, and a place for people to gather without being judged. This "fountain of knowledge" is surrounded by a semi-circle of seats, so that no matter where a person sits, they still receive the same amount of equality, relaxation, and fountain-seeing as the next, making the ritual of gathering there more concrete and everlasting.

        All UNCG students know the story behind this clock between the Cafe and the EUC, that if you walk under it you won't graduate on-time. Now, it's not just that scary legend that makes people not  walk under it, but it's the structure. If it was intended for students and faculty to walk under it, then there wouldn't be an entire sidewalk going around it. Also, it's the boxed in form that tells our feet not to take us under the clock. 
        The space is a bit tight for a group of busy college students to all go strolling under on their way to class or to eat. The fact that the clock is atop a very closed in area in the middle of a wide open space outside makes the columns stand out, in return, making the ritual of not walking under the dreaded clock more believable and easier to follow.

        This is a picture of the Foust building, a place that harbors many different majors, ranging from arts and science to African-Amerian studies. As you can see, the building has many different triangular shapes on it. Triangles normally represent a progression, a refinement, or even just classifications. But these stacked triangles represent all of them. 
        Since the Foust building contains a variety of different majors and classes for those majors, it could be thought that each triangle stands for a different major. For instance, if the highest triangle or cone on the left is the Department of Religious Studies, then the very base of that would be the Freshman, then the Sophomores, next the Juniors, and finally, the very top; the tip of the iceberg, would be the Seniors. The Seniors have worked through four years, continuing to move up each year, until they are at the "top of the food chain" in a way. The idea of progression could have been the reason as to why the Foust building is the building that it is today, holding so many eclectic majors and departments, because of the ability to classify by the triangular shapes it has adorning the roof.

1 comment:

  1. You have beautiful composition and flow in your post, pairing pictures with your text. Great observations within our group, and glad to see you went and explored other sites on campus.