Gary Gardner (grgardner) wrote,
Gary Gardner

Olympia Album #9

sym·me·try<input ... >
Pronunciation: \ˈsi-mə-trē\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural sym·me·tries
Etymology: Latin symmetria, from Greek, from symmetros symmetrical, from syn- + metron measure — 
Date: 1563
1 : balanced proportions; also :  beauty of form arising from balanced proportions

Despite the pressure and pace of the Legislature, I do get to work in a gorgeous and stately building, and I always love the symmetry...of the building at least.  I have to say I've not seen much among the occupants of the building in the last few days.  No one seems to be working "together" in "balanced proportions."  Senate vs House, R's vs D's, Business vs Labor... 
This view is down one of the hallways on the fourth floor near the Senate gallery.  Beauty of form arising from balanced proportions.  I love how the lines flow and the vaulted ceiling all are perfectly proportioned to give the feeling of grandeur and awe.  The entire Capitol is designed like this -- as an edifice to the power of the people to control their destiny through a democratic government.  It's always somewhat humbling to work in such an environment -- despite the petty power struggles, the oversized egos, and the difficulty in getting things done, for the most part, good things happen here, and honorable people do their best out of a sense of civic duty.

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