At the very end of the Powers of Ten film, one hears the voice of Phil Morrison (who was lauded Professor Emeritus of Physics at MIT) sum up the distance covered in the film from the smallest known particle to the furthest edges of space as a one with 40 zeroes (10+40) meters. Since the [...]
In celebration of 10/10/10, Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller (founders of Project H) showed the film and talked about scale to their group of students in North Carolina. “The film has become a staple in design education and in public education for its beautiful visual representation of all scales in our physical world. We showed [...]
One of my favorite moments in Scale is the New Geography (a very helpful teaching tool for leading Power of Ten workshops) is when Eames Demetrios in Some Tools for Teaching Scale is in the middle of describing an aspect of scale and an ice cream truck drives by with its chirping ice cream music [...]
Here is another GP38 From my fleet. As the scale gets smaller – still in the range of 10-2 but now 160 th real size a problem of scale starts to really show up. Look at the size of the handrails! On a full scale version those handrails would be about 6″ across clearly a [...]
Eames Office staff members Parke Meek and Dick Donges in action measuring the 10 meter square frame for the 10+01 shot for Rough Sketch, 1968.
This image shows the framing device and camera set-up for the Powers of Ten shoot in Venice, California in 1968. Charles is above the picnic with the reader and sleeping man, preparing for the 10+01 shot.
Stepping back, we see our Roman numerals for what they are: X-trusses visible on the front of the Eames House (white) and Studio (blue). There are actually only two, not three. The change in scale lets us identify the objects–and notice that the two white X-trusses are actually the same: the left hand image is [...]
As a sculptor, when I hear about scale, I first think about studies of proportions, Leonardo da Vinci’s famous drawing Vitruvian Man perhaps the most iconic example. It is based on the ideal human proportions as described by the Roman architect Vitruvius, who believed the human figure to be the principal source of the aesthetics [...]
So here is my world and where my concentration on the Powers will fall – while not exact in the scale of things, I spend a lot of time thinking about and working in about 10-2of the real world. In my hobby world a 6 foot tall human is about 1.8cm. Part of what we do [...]