|One line synopsis||An examination of the relationship between human beings and nature: the patterns which occur in nature, and the appearance of such patterns in religious buildings as a mediation between humans and their natural environment.|
"Without love, how should there have been existence?" Computerised animation incorporating pictures of a rose window and a group of people. "All things have origins. Origins are important to us…" Sun rising over hills and river. Flock of birds circling, waving grasses, waves breaking, clouds, rain, waterfall, trees, etc. "This film is about ways of viewing nature… Discovery means uncovering what is already there, not inventing. It arises out of an awareness of both what is being viewed and who is doing the viewing. The nature of the universe and our own nature cannot be anything else but a reflection…" Time-lapse cinematography of flower opening. "By changing the time and space dimensions, we can see that everything has its own ordering principle. Understanding these principles is the goal of science … the moon daisy … the principle of pure form being expressed in time…"Animation intercut with live action of flower heads, shoots, etc. "The way all things come into existence can be symbolised in the following sequence: the starting point proceeds to become a line, the first dimension; this line rotates to describe a circle, or plane, the second dimension; the plane then turns over, becoming a sphere or solid, the third dimension." Flower heads. "This cycle … follows four distinct phases…" Cinemicrography of atoms bonding; highly magnified microscopic marine skeletons; Chartres cathedral. Animation of tetrahedron formed from four spheres, whose six points of contact become the starting point for the octahedron, six spheres or eight triangular faces. When the octahedron’s twelve points of contact expand, they develop into the cuboctahedron, twelve spheres enclosing a space the same size as one of them, in dynamic equilibrium, which tends to compress into a stable icosahedron. The cuboctahedron is made up of squares and equilateral triangles, which can also be expressed in a plane. Centre of daisy. Spiral growth shown by means of squares of different sizes, but fixed proportions.
Caption: "The Mineral World." "By changing the dimensions of space and time, even the mineral world becomes animate…": microcinematography of carbon filament building itself, like everything else in the world to a pattern of "natural growth". Crystals; growing "by the precise addition of identical atoms"; microcinematography of atoms bonding. Animation illustrating the five different kinds of bond: linear, planar, and three solid. Atoms in same patterns as parts of the daisy. Sound vibrations of different frequencies creating patterns in sand on a metal plate. Mercury responding to vibrations. Waves. Water always "tries to regain the unity of the sphere … the drop … its falling … the rippling … are controlled by pure mathematical laws." Animation. Atoms. Spirals.
Maze shapes, one created by vibrations in sand. Diagram illustrating a traditional model of the universe, closely resembling the maze. The maze and a diagram of it showing its cosmological and astrological patterns. The rose window exterior, the Critchlow children going towards the doorway: the cathedral, the stone circles, the Mandan lodge are each "a cosmos". Engraving of the window; diagram shows that opening the twelve-square pattern to thirteen and adding a thirteen-point star determines the proportions of the maze. Carved figures in the stonework. Overhead view of the children and their shadows as they walk the maze, finally seating themselves in the centre. Stained glass windows. The twelve-square pattern and spirals. The three children leaving the maze. Carvings. Sunset through the Mandan lodge frame. View of the Cathedral. Children walking Julian’s Bower, a turf maze in Lincolnshire, to Mike Oldfield’s tune, Portsmouth. Sunset. Credits.
|Running time||57 minutes|
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