A rotation is a wrap around turn that is measured in degrees. Rotations can be used involving mathematics, poetry, and general science. For example, the planet Earth spins on axis creating multiple revolutions, or rotations. In mathematics, a rotation can be the turning of an object on a grid system. Along with rotation there is also a translation and a reflection. Those three mathematical terms are used to locate and manipulate an object. After doing Orthographic views on our furniture items I find these terms useful to resituate the fixed object on the 12x12 grid.


Movement is seen everywhere from moving cars, to a busy city, to flying birds. We learned in history and design about the Spanish Steps and how it shows movement by the activity on the steps. Also nearby is Bernini’s Piazza Navona fountain shows movement from the four men beneath the obelisk. Movement can even be seen in structures like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. The Eiffel tower has an uplifting motion from the four legs. Bernini’s Baldacchino is also infused with movement in its columns. The columns are twisted therefore drawing your eye upward and then back down to create a spiraling effect.




Have you ever held your pet in front of a mirror and see it’s reflection? It’s amazing how animals are spooked when they see themselves. A reflection is a mirrored image of an object or person. Reflections can be viewed other than mirrors. For examples, you may see your reflection on new cars, windows, and sometimes in bodies of water. Another type of reflection is an essay or statement that shows your ideas, feelings, and reactions to a prior event. Reflections have the ability to show your physical and sometimes emotions that make you unique.


In The Opus Project #2 we were asked to identify the word illuminate. At the time we were studying color pencils and how to illuminate objects to enhance their qualities. This semester we are working with ¼ MDF, which is a type of sturdy board, to make objects that are affected by light and darkness. In history and design we learned how gothic churches and cathedrals and how the natural light illuminated.


In Opus # 4 we demonstrated how a source could be multiple ideas. In Perception and Communications and Drafting class we have learned to find the source of light, vanishing points, and station points in perspective drawings. A source is an origin, or starting location of a specific object. For example, the source of books, magazines, and newspapers could be libraries or bookstores.


Opus 9 consists of rotation, movement, reflection, source, and illumination. The main commonality in them is the fact that they deal with how or where you view an object. All five words can be combined and separated to dissect and discuss a piece of furniture, buildings, or art in general.