Art Element Gallery: Balance

Design Principle Art Gallery: Balance

This glass bowl exemplifies the idea of radial symmetry with the glass spokes protruding equidistant from the central circle and forming a repeating pattern around the bowl. 
If the drawing were folded in half, the two parts of the drawing would come together identically on each side. This form of balance would be considered symmetrical with each side being exactly the same as the other. 
Asymmetrical balance is shown in this composition. One side of the work has foreboding mountains that reach almost to the top of the piece with one small house and a tree, while the other side has one mountain with multiple houses and trees. The two parts of the piece are not symmetrical. 
This may seem farfetched, but I see asymmetrical balance when I look at this composition. The tree and the tiger all crowd to one side of the work, while a couple branches and the landscape stretch to the other side of the piece. This asymmetrical balance enhances the focal point that the artist wanted emphasized. The artist wants our eyes drawn immediately to the tiger.
This dress, that accentuates the hips, resembles symmetrical balance. This balance continues throughout the entire dress from the sleeves, to the vest-like top, and to the large skirt. The pattern's colors may vary, but it is apparent the symmetry of the pattern and dress is not lost with these minor changes. 
This composition shows radial symmetry and can be folded evenly into four identical sections.
This mosaic floor from the State Hermitage Museum has radial symmetry. All of the elements are equidistant from the central point and the motifs or patterns continue to build out equally distant from the center point. 
This food container has symmetrical balance. This piece was also made during the Shang dynasty when the t'ao t'ieh or symmetrical creature was produced. The intricate designs and handles on each side of the center dividing line remain identical. 
This ritual food vessel resembles that of the image of the ritual container in our textbook on page 125. The Chinese  designed a creature born of symmetry called the t'ao t'ieh. The designs, handles, and eyes of the food vessel are perfectly symmetrical. 
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