Flower of Life symbol drawn in snow
German artist Michael Uy created this 'Flower of Life' geometric pattern in the snow in Brandenburg. Preparations began about a week before the snow's arrival, when Uy hammered 19 wooden posts into a field, carefully measuring the space between each post. After the snowfall, he walked near-perfect circles around all 19 pillars, using a string to keep an equal distance from the posts. The artist then used a broom to further remove the snow from his footprints and reveal the lines of the flower nearly 200 feet across. Uy's piece was fully visible only when the sun was low. And only until the next snow or warm day. Luckily, a drone was dispatched to snap this photograph.
The 'Flower of Life' is an ancient symbol long revered by various cultures around the world, from ancient Assyrians to modern pagans. The pattern is believed by some to be a visual representation of interconnectivity, energy, and harmony, by others to be a key to unlocking secrets of the universe. And hey, it looks cool. Especially on ice.
A cry for independence
The Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City has hosted art exhibits, music and dance performances, and much more since its opening. The decadent Art Nouveau building opened in 1934 but was originally planned to open for Mexico's 100th birthday years earlier, in 1916. To get that story, we must travel 200 miles from this spot and back in time even further than the early 20th century.
On September 16, 1810, in Dolores, Mexico, the 'Cry of Dolores' rang out, signaling a call to arms. The Mexican War of Independence would last 11 years, finally breaking the country free from Spain. Though the war also ended in the month of September, it is the start of the conflict—September 16—that Mexicans celebrate as their Independence Day.