Tuesday, November 22, 2005

I hate to sound wishy-washy, but...

...I'm actually starting to warm to the cuisenaire sculpture I bagged earlier
* It's got a real 'Mondrian' look about it.
* It reminds me of the twin towers.
* The use of Cuisenaire (maths) & Te Atarangi (language) can be likened to two 'pillars' or 'success stories' in NZ's history of teaching methods.
* The name "Atarangi II" can be pronounced Atarangi "Tu" (upright, heavenwards) - the blocks seem to 'soar' upwards. Like Tane's ascension to the heavens to fetch the kete of knowledge. Like the (cuisenaire) student gaining enlightenment.
* "Tu" can also mean noble & proud. They are two very 'dignified' looking rods, IMHO. Erect, soldier-like, disciplined & meticulously presented.

There are interesting contrasts between colours and form:
* The very bold, lurid hues depict wild, erupting passions, yet the harshly, minimal physical design implies constriction and restraint.
* The 'diagonal' colour scheme suggests instability, as if the sculpture were about to tumble. At the same time, the rods have precise, sharp horizontal and synchronised 'poses' - stoic
orderliness and unyielding containment.
* The seemingly 'random' colours evince the carefree innocence of toddlers, as if toys left scattered in an empty room.Yet the construction of such a 'perfect stack' is a major engineering achievement for any youngster. The concentration, motor and sensory skills required is no mere child's play.

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