Ever wonder how the months are named? November comes from the Latin word novern meaning “nine”, which was its original position in the Roman calendar before January and February were added. And while the month of November typically evokes traditional images (think autumn leaves, Thanksgiving meals, and the frenzied start to the holiday season) there’s another little known fact about November: it is National Pomegranate Month.
Clinging to the puzzling quirkiness of being the eleventh month yet named after the word “nine”, in November we are urged to celebrate pomegranates. Need a colorful intervention on your plate, bringing more color to the carbohydrate-packed autumn meals? Lacking anti-oxidants this month? Enjoy working for your food and need to sharpen your knife skills? Look no further than the pomegranate.
Of course, we can’t help but try to draw SOME parallel to art or architecture in this Thursday Salute. Amidst the lackluster brownish hues of turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, this trivial celebration of the vibrant fruit may have actually have some design wisdom behind it. Brightening up an otherwise drab surrounding, creating spatial sequences that have visual rewards at the end, and designing hard exteriors that give way to rich colorful textures on the inside… any of those concepts could be translated to architectural and interior design.
So check out these pieces of art and architecture - could they have been inspired by November’s National Pomegranate month?