Proposition 2

"Proposition 2, " collage and acrylic paint, 8"x 8", ©2013 Wendy Tribulski

“Proposition 2, ” collage and acrylic paint, 8″x 8″, ©2013 Wendy Tribulski

Place a straight line equal to a given straight line.

Having explored color palettes and various potential unifying elements, this completed collage for proposition 2 has allowed me to settle on my rules for the remaining 46 (!) collages.  If you’re a St. Johnie reading this, you’re probably scrambling to see if you still have your volumes of Euclid lying about.  If you discover your current, or maybe former spouse, got rid of it, check the links in my sidebar for a website that lists all of Euclid online.

But I will remind you what Proposition 2 is about: it requests that the reader place a straight line equal to a given straight line with one end at a given point.

Luckily I’ve still got my Dover edition copies of The Elements-  the very ones I used in freshman math class in 1978 with Mr. Guaspari.  I’ve scanned pages to use in the collages.  However, the Greek phrases printed in the text doesn’t scan well, so I’ve been retyping and printing that for use in the collages (courtesy of the Unicode Classical Greek inputter).

So, the rules for each collage in this project are:
collages will be square, 8″ x 8″
each collage will include a drawing of the proof
each collage will contain some text of the actual proposition (in English)
each collage will contain some fragment of the proposition in ancient Greek

The rest of the design is up in the air!

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