Dover books have published some very inspiring source books. One of my favourites is Chinese Lattice Designs. The author, Daniel Sheets Dye, went out and laboriously documented thousands of window lattices on Chinese houses. He spent 21 years on this project. The book was first published in 1937.
The author came up with 27 types of Chinese Lattice. Rustic Ice-Ray is one such classification.
| Five versions of the Rustic Ice-Ray lattice design |
Mr Sheets Dye said ‘to appreciate the designs in this division, one needs to see ice forming on quiet water on a cold night. The Chinese term this ice-line, or lines formed by cracking ice’.
Flicking through the book the similarity in design of the light and airy Rustic Ice-Ray to the more earthly tessellating telecommunications manhole cover below jumped right out at me.
| Melbourne telecommunications manhole |