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Grand Canal by Casey York, 2013

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Garden designers of the 17th century used principles of forced perspective to create vistas that appeared endless; inspired by Versailles' Grand Canal, designed by Andre Le Nôtre, the foreshortened forms in this quilt evoke the same sense of infinite perspective that the gardens were meant to convey, playfully translating the three-dimensional use of two-dimensional perspectival theory back into two dimensions. At the same time that this quilt suggests three-dimensional space using the most minimal of shapes, it nods towards the opulence of the French Golden Age court with its intricate quilting and reverse-rounded corners. Other quilters: Ann McNew St. Louis, Missouri, United States 80" x 60"