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Detroit industry by Diego Rivera is a contemporary masterpiece whose elements allow one to explore the beauty of art and its different components Its unique representation of shape and form space and color harmony and balance provide a great opportunity to observe what makes art universal One of the ways in which harmony is revealed in this mural is through the quasi-symmetry which is intentionally applied through the use of curves and angles In the first panel harmony is achieved through the use of color The opposing forces of light and darkness seem to meet at the center with a flourish While the right side of the panel can seem static the left side of the panel implies movement through the use of harmony In the second panel the lines present almost always end in straight angles while the curves seem to disappear behind these angles It is harmonious because curves disappear and angles emerge In the left and right sides of the second panel the angular shapes are dominant while the curves take over at the center of the panel In this panel light and darkness have shifted sides in comparison with the first panel and once again they meet at the center this time duplicating the flourish at the center with fire In the first panel the shapes are inorganic While the left side seems structured the right side appears to be chaotic In the second panel organic forms such as the workers contrast with the geometric shapes represented by tubes piping rails and rigs While the men as organic shapes are not symmetrical they also represent curves and angles in harmony In the first panel the harmony of contrasting values is highlighted by the rich dark right side and the bright and warm left side These values contrast yet again first panel vs second panel where the warm and bright colors appear on the opposing side as a high value and the
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