Art Concept: Balance (Symmetry/Asymmetry)

Art Concept:  Balance (Symmetry/Asymmetry)  

Balance:  a principle of design; the arrangement of elements that makes individual parts of a composition appear equally important; an arrangement of the elements to create an equal distribution of visual weight throughout the format or composition. If a composition appears top- or bottom-heavy and/or anchored by weight to one side, it is not visually balanced. 

Types of balance:

  • Symmetrical balance (or Symmetry) means that the work of art is the same on one side as the other, a mirror image of itself, onboth sides of a center line.
  • Asymmetrical balance (or Asymmetry) means that the two halves of the work of art are different, however, try to create balance. In other words, although the sides may not be exactly the same, there will be elements that interact in a way that makes each side equally important. 
  • Radial symmetry means the weight of the image or form radiates from a center point. 


Example of Symmetrical Balance in Architecture:

world trade center 1970s x ofpomsandlentils

World Trade Center, 1970s.  Symmetrical

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