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175_harmonybydesignexhibitHARMONY BY DESIGN: THE GOLDEN MEAN
Rachel Fletcher and Beverly Russell, CuratorsThe golden mean proportion is evident throughout the history of building and interiors, appearing in such architectural icons as Stonehenge, the Great Pyramid, the Parthenon and Hadrian’s Pantheon. In more modern times, the golden mean has graced the proportions of Gothic cathedrals, Palladian villas and the works of twentieth-century architects and designers, including Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson.The exhibit HARMONY BY DESIGN contains 28 text panels, 2 photographs, and 22 geometric studies (photo murals with silk screening, box mounted). Geometric studies are arranged around the four themes of nature, art and music, early architecture, and the present day. Golden mean studies include: apple blossoms; a triton shell; Stonehenge, England; Great Pyramid of Cheops; Andrea Palladio’s Villa Emo; and Philip Johnson’s Glass House.HARMONY BY DESIGN was produced in 1993 by Beverly Russell and Interiors Magazine. Portions are available for rental.

Apple blossom, Delphi
Apple blossom, Delphi

Apple blossom, Cotswolds
Apple blossom, Cotswolds


Great Pyramid, Memphis, Egypt, c. 2700-2150 BCE



W. M. Flinders Petrie, The Pyramids and Temples of Gizeh, 1883


Giant swallowtail



Artifact and photograph gift of Mrs. E. F. Salmond Estate, Springfield Science Museum, Springfield, MA (SSM–4072)