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Path Study (1)

Natural footpaths and old roadways are pleasing, perhaps because they reflect back to us a picture of who we are. Our footpaths seem to both explore and inform the landscape.  These paths are never exactly straight, and this gentle meandering towards a destination reflects our natural tendency to stay with the familiar while allowing a little deviation and exploration. The same is true with the routes that develop in our thinking. Interestingly we can often agree on a shared aesthetic when we view a landscape, a sense of rightness in the curve of a lane or flow of a hedge or ridgeline or woodland. Perhaps this agreement indicates some congruity between our shared internal and external landscapes. It makes some kind of sense: Each culture’s mental constructs must evolve in response to the local environment and perhaps these shared thought patterns inform a visual aesthetic that derives from sources of food and water, and from plants and structures that offer warmth and safety.