I have passed this wrapped telephone pole many times and only today did I notice the small door at the bottom!

Here’s a close-up view…


Whoever made this door has taken a very different approach from the door at the cement block. The color-block door with primary colors is very appealing and mimic modern art pieces by Piet Mondrian, the iconic Dutch artist whose works have had great influence in both the fine and commercial arts. Below is Mondrian’s well-known painting, Composition A (Piet Mondrian, 1923).


Mondrian’s work has greatly influenced the field of design as many objects in Western culture mimic the artist’s clean, dynamic aesthetic in color and composition.


The fashion design world seems to love Mondrian, from a collection of dresses in the 1960’s (above) to the Nike sneakers produced today (below). Yet, the meaning and original intention of Piet Mondrian’s art and philosophy are worth close study in off-setting the plethora of today’s commercial works which mimic his art. This passage from a synopsis on Mondrian explains:

Mondrian, and the artists of De Stijl, advocated pure abstraction and a pared down palette in order to express a utopian ideal of universal harmony in all of the arts. By using basic forms and colors, Mondrian believed that his vision of modern art would transcend divisions in culture and become a new common language based in the pure primary colors, flatness of forms, and dynamic tension in his canvases.


Much has been written about Mondrian but it’s always good hear from the artist, himself — check out some of Mondrian’s famous quotes and, finally, his thoughts on being an artist:

The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.
~Piet Mondrian