Purcell and Elmslie, Architects
Firm active: 1907-1921
Minneapolis, Minnesota :: Chicago, Illinois
One of the clearest pieces of evidence we have of Bragdon's early perspective in the discussion of the fourth dimension, a termed coined earlier in 1854 by a German mathematician and ultimately permutated by Bragdon into the realm of "cosmic consciousness." The idea is that there is another dimension at right angles to all three dimensional objects. The basic nature of this fourth dimension is movement. Essentially, Bragdon demonstrates how this can be calculated mathematically and diagrammed. The "tesseract" concept that appears in so many decorative forms (including throughout this web site, is shown to be a two dimensional, "flattened" glyph that ultimately representing the intersection between mind and matter.