Monday, January 18, 2010

A Few Flowers Upon the Ground...

Photomicrograph of a flower's stem by I.W. Bailey, Harvard University. Structure in Art and Science, Gyorgy Kepes, Braziller, 1969

Cathedral New Norcia (looking up through the vaulted and transparent roof), Pier Luigi Nervi, Australia, 1959-1961. Structure in Art and Science, Gyorgy Kepes, 1969

The [Bishop's] day was not complete if cold weather or rain stopped him from passing an hour or two every night, after the two women had retired, in his garden before he went to bed. It seemed as though this was a kind of rite with him, a way of preparing for sleep by meditating in full view of the great spectacle of the night sky [...] He would muse about the greatness and the living presence of God; about the strange mystery of the eternal future; about the even stranger mystery of the eternal past; about all the infinities streaming in every direction before his very eyes; and, without trying to comprehend the incomprehensible, he saw it [...] He considered the magnificent collisions of the atoms that produce what we see of matter, showing the forces at work by observing them, creating individuality within unity, proportion within extension, the numberless within the infinite, and producing beauty through light. Such collisions are constantly taking shape, bringing things together and pulling them apart; it is a matter of life and death [...] Isn't that all there is? Indeed, what more could you want? A little garden to amble about in, and infinite space to dream in. At his feet, whatever could be grown and gathered; over his head, whatever could be studied and meditated upon; a few flowers on the ground and all the stars in the sky.


~ Text: Victor Hugo, Les Miserables