Proportion & Scale


the Human body

Our most universal standard of measurement is the human body; that is, our experience of living in our own bodies.

Scale (proportion)

Scale in drawing refers to the proportion or ratio that defines the size relationships. Models, architectural plans, maps and paintings/drawings all use scale to create the illusion of correct size relationships between objects and figures.

Saw, Sawing

Was installed in 1996 at Tokyo International Exhibition Center, Big Sight, Tokyo

Steel, epoxy resin, fiber-reinforced plastic, polyurethane and polyvinyl chloride foams; painted with polyester gelcoat

50 ft. 8 in. x 4 ft. 9 in. x 40 ft. (15.4 x 1. 5 x 12.2 m)

By Claes Oldenburg

Les Valeurs Personnelles

By Rena Magritte

Ancient Greece

The ancient Greeks were one of the first societies to incorporate balance, scale, and proportion into their architecture. These three defining aspects set the tone for most buildings built in the Greek fashion.

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