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SYMMETRY. 180 degree rotation. Turn this design upside down and it reads the same both ways.

INSPIRATION. Created for a performance by the Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble, May 15, at Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden, Utah.

STORY. The Egyptian Theater in Ogden is something of a landmark, a beautifully restored vintage theater. It is only one of a half dozen theaters in the United States that features an "atmospheric" ceiling: for three minutes before every performance the ceiling puts on a light show that makes it appear to change from a morning sky to an evening sky, complete with sunset and twinkling stars.

Ogden is home to Weber State University, where Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble founder Erik Stern teaches dance. This was our first major public performance in Erik's home town. In addition to one public performance, we also gave four performances to schoolchildren bused in from surrounding areas.

I took a look at some Egyptian writing before drawing this inversion. Some of the design elements I worked in include the snake on the E, the long triangular cuneiform crossbars of the E and T, and the pyramidal dot on the I.

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