Graphic I Patterns of the Natural World Project

Graphic I Patterns of the Natural World Project

Patterns of the Natural World

Patterns in the native landscape provide inspiration for design. Landscape Architect W. Gary Smith recognizes forms can be used to create artistic garden design. In his 2010 book, From Art to Landscape, Smith defines nine basic patterns found in nature. They are: scattered, mosaic, naturalistic drift, serpentine, spiral, circle, radial, dendritic, and fractured. 

Professor Mihalko's Visual Communication Design students discovered these patterns in their natural surroundings and used them to create their own pattern studies. The drawings of these elements call the viewer's attention to these often missed patterns found in nature. This exhibition of student's study photographs and finished drawings explores human creativity and artistic connection to the landscape that surrounds us. 

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