Breaking news from the world of HEXAGONS:
While reviewing the hexagonal news this morn, I ran across an article describing some sort of Hexagon Project out of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Looking into it further, I expected to find that—like many hexagon-identified things these days—the "hexagon" was a purely metaphorical branding feature. To my surprise though, it not only involves literal hexagons, but the hexagonal geometry seems to have been deliberately and consciously chosen for very hexagonally-aware reasons. The project's page explains, under the heading "Why a hexagon?":
"The hexagon is a composition of complex relationships, interdependent lines, like bonds of human connection, strengthened in multiples into an infinite network of connections. It maintains its own presence as a shape, symbol of light and life, yet, structurally, destined to be part of a whole—a splendid architectural element, infinitely expandable."
The following is a selection of links I have found pertinent to this event, though I find none of them particularly informative, and there doesn't seem to be a dedicated page that has been updated for this year's event. [Edit: the Hexagon Project page has now been updated for 2010.] [Edit 2013-10: this page is still being updated every year.]
- Flickr: Hexagon Project 2009
- Flickr: Inderdependence Hexagon Project 2008
- Hexagon Project exhibit opens Friday - Blog entry apparently about last year's exhibit
- Hexagon Project September 3, 2010 Opening - Possibly the official blog for this year's event
- Two teachers answer call to help Nepalese school through Hexagon Project
- Hexagon Project (Interdependence Day Scranton) - Facebook page
Looking through some of the photographs, the one thing that stands out is how thoroughly the hexagon motif has been embraced by many artists. The designs aren't just made on hexagons, many of them incorporate very deep hexagonal geometries and symmetries, which is not the sort of aesthetic agenda I'm used to seeing advanced by our compulsory education system. One can only hope that children exposed to the hexagonal arts in such a direct and striking manner may grow up to be more hexagonally aware than previous generations, born under the yoke of quadrilateral hegemony.
One question that has occurred to me: Was the use of hexagons influenced by the ubiquity of hex signs in Pennsylvania Dutch folk art? I already associate standalone hexagonal art with eastern Pennsylvania for this reason, so I find the geographical proximity here somewhat intriguing. I wonder if there might be at least some subtle cultural influence at work in this respect.
Anyway, it is a fascinating experiment in hexagonal consciousness-raising, and I'm glad to see hexagonal principles being advanced in such a straightforward fashion. But they don't seem to have any particularly up-to-date web presence, and what information there is seems largely targeted at local audiences. And I'm sure as crap not driving to Scranton for a school art project (though with a little more advanced warning I might have tried to combine it with some sort of Waffle House expedition/pilgrimage, since they can be found as far north as central PA). There seems to be a bit of a religious angle that I'm not sure I care for either. It does look interesting though, and I would very much like to see this sort of thing—the hexagon part anyway—franchised out to other parts of the country. So if anyone in the general area wants to check this out, and report back to me on its hexagonal implications, that would be amazing.