Posted by on March 9, 2013
This morning when I received this video from my friend Landon Schmidt I knew it would make a very interesting attachment to my website. Landon’s son Michael Schmidt is a fabulous innovative designer who creates, among other things, intricate unusual designs for celebrity performances. Well-known for designing Lady Gaga’s famous bubble dress, his recent collaboration with architect Francis Bitonti is shown through out it’s development in the attached video. I thought it would be interesting not only because of the conceptual development of the gown but because of the visual presentation of the Golden Ratio.
Last year, while I was in Florence, I found myself in a dinner table discussion about the Golden Ratio, not a usual dinner discussion but ours nonetheless. I was a guest at a dinner held in the Accademia Gallery in Florence. The table was placed the length of the Michelangelo Gallery where, not only was David standing at the head of the table, the unfinished sculptures Michelangelo had been working on when he was summoned to Rome to paint the Sistine Chapel were along the sides of the gallery. Consequently, our dinner table discussion was centered around David and particularly around the size of David’s hands. I was amazed that no one around me had ever heard of the Golden Ratio or how this concept is central to the size of not only David’s hands but of the placement of every knuckle in his fingers. Every inch of the extraordinary 17′ tall meticulously sculpted figure of David is executed within the rules of the Golden Ratio. Thus, this discussion brought to mind the design questions I am ask about regularly and where the answers to those questions come from and how I just know something is going to work or not. …And I remember my education of Art, Art History, and Design exposed me to the Golden Ratio forever ago, and somewhere from within this concept comes my answer.