Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Pattern 3

Pattern 3

Tarmac, Brisbane airport.

I was thinking about patterns today. We naturally look for patterns everywhere, whether it be the patterns of symmetry in shadow and light, or we're seeking similarity in line, or whether we find patterns from an idea of extrinsic meaning, like today's picture.

It looks like a random assortment of lines, but we assume they have meaning, since presumably (hopefully!) they're there to guide airplanes in safely, and guide the ground crew around them. Still, without knowing that you're looking at an airport runway, would you assume these lines had meaning, or not?

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