2 Lecture 38 in biological forms (Fig. 38-1). Although all plants show some types of symmetry, the growth of many plants produces asymmetrical patterns. It is this deviation from symmetry that makes for visual interest. The basis of contemporary design is to achieve balance and harmony without the monotony of perfect symmetry. With the possible exception of Arctic peoples, human cultures have devel oped in plant-dominated environments. Plants provide food for people and their animals, as well as f ber, shelter, and shade. Our dependence upon plants has in F uenced and molded our esthetic consideration of them. We need plants, and no doubt plants have been culturally accepted as beautiful partially because they are useful. In our present Ameri-can culture, in which only a relatively few people are directly involved with the growing of plants (although we still all depend on them), all of us have traditional attachments to plant material. Horti culture has a place in all our lives. DESIGN
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