alkhemy design

Surface Design Studio

Symbol : Zodiac

Babylon. The birthplace of Astrology. This ancient divining system is based on the interpretation of the visible heavens. Human lives were a reflection of the realities written in the heavens. As above, so below. I love when basic, rudimentary symbols are used to decorate a space in simple manner. You might suspect this to be in any museum or public place in Europe, right? No.

 This monument was created in 1925 by architect, William T. Proudfoot, for Memorial Union at Iowa State University. An interesting tidbit about this piece is after it's installation, the student body proclaimed that if you stepped on the zodiac as you entered the building you would fail your test. This little "curse" survives today for the present student population.