CZEK IT OUT, rectangle lovers!
The Web Hostess at the Washington Post likes us.
So does Spark Learning:
“…the site that’s featured in the front page pic is a comical, yet informative journey into all things rectangular. Well, perhaps not ALL things. This site features stories about our oft’ neglected friend: the rectangle. Check it out for some laughs and maybe some ‘…hums…’.”
Much rectangular love and appreciation. Here’s to 2000 views a day.
There are very few media that focus on the rectangle. Sure, people go with a rectangular canvas or a broad square of paper, but those are often matters of convenience rather than deliberate choices on the part of the artist. Michelangelo purposely transformed rectangular blocks into various non-linear shapes. Pointillism is all about the dot, which tends to be round. Impressionism relies on the dab, a fundamentally elliptical trend. However, I was lucky enough to come across Post-It Art, a form of expression dedicated to a rectangular medium.
While oil paints can run an artist up to $40 a pop, packages of Post-Its can cost less than ten dollars for ten or even twenty pads. Only a rectangle could be so universal. This medium is for the people, friends. Post-It art is accessible to anyone with a drugstore or stationer’s within walking distance.:”]:
I’d love to see my readers branch out into Postcard Art or Birthday Card Art. What can you come up with?
A Sticky Note from the Author
So, it’s been a while since the rectangles have been updated. Don’t worry, quadrilaterals are still on the go all the time. I’ve just been real busy.
But stay tuned! Because I’ve got some smashing squares, some particularly pert parallelograms coming up. Promise.
Look out for Thursday.
Dear reader Mandy suggested that I look up Snapple “Real Fact” #887.
The “Valley of Square Trees” in Panama is the only known place in the world where trees have rectangular trunks.
So I looked into it. And it turns out, yes, these trees are rectangles!
El Valle de Anton (commonly called “El Valle”) is a town in the Cocle province of Panama. It has one main road and – according to Wikipedia – “a very small museum, as well as a small zoo, a small serpentarium, and a garden displaying 100 native local orchid species.” This sounds like a prime tourist attraction. Check that serpentarium!
But, most importantly, this town is home to a grove of square trunked trees.
Now let’s look at some rectangles.
These trees are members of the Cottonwood family. FYI, the Cottonwood happens to be the Kansas state tree. Here’s a normal Cottonwood:
And here, ladies and gentlemen, is a square one: