Iconography

Today I thought I would look at iconography, and in particular how we can identify and appreciate different symbols in our natural environment. Trying to find some iconic symbols in nature is a great way to help us look at the finer details in the world around us. You will be amazed at what you can find. The spiral is one shape that seems to be endlessly repeated. I’ve collected a few examples of spirals and radials in nature as well as some natural and manmade collaborations.

I’ve also included some other iconic images from the art world.

(Iconography – visual images and symbols used in a work of art or the study or interpretation of these.

• the visual images, symbols, or modes of representation collectively associated with a person, cult, or movement: the iconography of pop culture.)

Spiral within a leaf

Spiral within a leaf – by maldoit

Radial

Radial – from butdoesitfloat.com

Manmade and nature working together

Manmade and nature working together – from art.com

A slice of citrus fruit can look like a stained glass window

A slice of citrus fruit can look like a stained glass window – from ffffound.com

Fern frond

Fern frond – from green-home.tumblr.com

Ammonite

Ammonite – by unusualfocus

Sculptor, Andy Goldsworthy works with nature to create symbolic objects

Sculptor, Andy Goldsworthy works with nature to create symbolic objects

Andy Goldsworthy creates transitory images from the natural environment

Andy Goldsworthy also creates transitory images from the natural environment

Dahlia sunburst

Dahlia sunburst

Spirals from long ago

Spirals from long ago – from thefossilstore.com

Memorable images become iconic

Memorable images become iconic – Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a pearl earring

An easily recognisable icon

Andy Warhole’s Mick Jagger

We can use symbols for fun in our urban environment

We can use symbols for fun in our urban environment – in Valparaiso, Chile – by streetartutopia.com

We use symbols in art

We use symbols in art – work by Lea Woodpecker

You can create symbols from obscure objects

We create symbols from obscure objects – wooden spoons from artwhatson.com.au

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