Saturday, July 5, 2003

Saturday July 5, 2003

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 4:17 AM


In memory of Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus and head of the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  Gropius died on this date in 1969.  He said that

"The objective of all creative effort in the visual arts is to give form to space. … But what is space, how can it be understood and given a form?"

"Alle bildnerische Arbeit will Raum gestalten. … Was ist Raum, wie können wir ihn erfassen und gestalten?"


— "The Theory and Organization
of the Bauhaus
" (1923)

I designed the following logo for my Diamond Theory site early this morning before reading in a calendar that today is the date of Gropius's death.  Hence the above quote.

"And still those voices are calling
from far away…"
— The Eagles


("Stoicheia," Elements, is the title of
Euclid's treatise on geometry.)


  1. you win the prize!! :)  heehee.  person of the day is you! :)Â

    Comment by EmilyMuse — Saturday, July 5, 2003 @ 2:24 PM

  2. More Boring Details of Greek Etymology

    Thank you for your comment.

    From a website on theology:

    “By the fourth century B.C, the verbal form of the root stoicheo was used to mean, ‘to be in a line,’ ‘to march in rank and file.’ The New Testament usage of the verb stoicheo retains an element of this usage in the five times that it is used.* The general meaning of the noun form (stoicheion) was ‘what belongs to a series.’ “

    *For instance, “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by (stoichomen) the Spirit,” Galatians 5:25.

    These remarks, together with my July 5 entry “Elements,” which contains the (implied) Eagles’ verse “We haven’t had that spirit here since 1969,” suggest that not I, but Walter Gropius, should be today’s Person of the Day.

    Comment by m759 — Saturday, July 5, 2003 @ 4:59 PM

  3. Humn.  That picture of Gropius reminds me of THIS picture.

    Comment by oOMisfitOo — Sunday, July 6, 2003 @ 1:17 PM

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