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Patterns of the Old City: 2010

wall and bricks

Patterns of the City

Before the age of massive poured concrete structures and Jersey barriers, people paved with natural stones and manufactured bricks. A skilled mason would use the best attributes of the materials, fitting the materials together in clever ways to create patterns.

I enjoy architecture of all sorts, and I also like the more modern styles incorporating large flat areas of molded masonry, glass or metal, the mark of a modern city. But these old patterns feel so much more welcoming when walking down a city street, so much more organic, their patterns catching light differently during the day and the season much like the leaves on trees or a field of grasses, and even the city’s layer of grime chipping off the limestone feels like a natural part of the experience.

And this wall and sidewalk have served this neighborhood for well over 100 years though worn and wavy with use, while their concrete counterparts have had to be replaced more than once in that time.


Circles and Rectangles: 2011

anthills among bricks

Circles and Rectangles

Not op art, but nature creating art. Small red ants apparently found a few soft spots between the herringbone courses of bricks. Their digging resulted in perfect circles of soil and ant castings, creating a pattern reminding me of Mondrian (again) (where do we get these inspirations anyway?).

It was right there on the sidewalk between two buildings, accounting for the indirect light on the bricks that appears to be a watery glaze; these paving bricks actually are glazed, but it isn’t always obvious without the right lighting. Not retouched at all, those are the native colors, subtle, muted.


Circles and Rectangles

anthills among bricks

Circles and Rectangles

Not op art, but nature creating art. Small red ants apparently found a few soft spots between the herringbone courses of bricks. Their digging resulted in perfect circles of soil and ant castings, creating a pattern reminding me of Mondrian (again) (where do we get these inspirations anyway?).

It was right there on the sidewalk between two buildings, accounting for the indirect light on the bricks that appears to be a watery glaze; these paving bricks actually are glazed, but it isn’t always obvious without the right lighting. Not retouched at all, those are the native colors, subtle, muted.


Patterns of the Old City

wall and bricks
wall and bricks

Patterns of the City

Before the age of massive poured concrete structures and Jersey barriers, people paved with natural stones and manufactured bricks. A skilled mason would use the best attributes of the materials, fitting the materials together in clever ways to create patterns.

I enjoy architecture of all sorts, and I also like the more modern styles incorporating large flat areas of molded masonry, glass or metal, the mark of a modern city. But these old patterns feel so much more welcoming when walking down a city street, so much more organic, their patterns catching light differently during the day and the season much like the leaves on trees or a field of grasses, and even the city’s layer of grime chipping off the limestone feels like a natural part of the experience.

And this wall and sidewalk have served this neighborhood for well over 100 years though worn and wavy with use, while their concrete counterparts have had to be replaced more than once in that time.