Saturday, July 30, 2005

Breaking symmetry


And speaking of symmetry, my wife won't let me have anything to do with the design of our garden. She abhors my tendency to make walls and plantings in straight lines, with everything in pairs. Odd numbers, she insists. Sinuous curves. We have different tastes, apparently. I like symmetry. She thinks asymmetry is beautiful. She scorns my "French" taste, and chooses instead the rambling landscape esthetic of Capability Brown. I suppose she is right. After all, four billion years of biological evolution have yet to produce anything resembling, say, the ultra-symmetrical Tuileries Gardens in Paris. Except, of course, the Tuileries Gardens in Paris.