Architectural Ornament in Plant Forms
By and by, the rules were set aside in favor of the excitement of ornamentation itself as is illustrated below by the surface treatment of the columns imbedded in a wall to which they have no structural relation.
The last image, below, shows a frieze and a lighting fixture adorned with fruits and foliage, which embellish the City Hall of Oakland. The image recalls the primeval temple draped with the bounty of the harvest which we conjured at the beginning of this article. Thus, Oakland’s City Hall testifies to the vitality of ancient customs by being adorned with vines laden with grapes and other fruits that symbolize California’s agriculture.
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