The Golden Ratio (1 plus root 5 / 2 = PI) is, for the sake of argument, 1.618.
It is the relationship of:
1. the side of a rectangle to the width
2. the height of the Great Pyramid of Giza to 1/2 its base
3. the first 5 planets in the Solar System to one another (almost)
4. the height of the columns in the Parthenon to the width of the edifice
5. the height of the Parthenon roof to the width of the edifice
6. the height of a Pompadour Highboy to the height of the base
7. our eyes divide our head ant the Golden Ratio
8. our navel divides our body at the Golden Ratio
There are a lot of others, but these should suffice for a start.
Think of your gate as a rectangle. The walkway is the width and the passageway the height. If these are not in agreement the overall look will be, somehow, amiss.
We are genetically (?) predisposed to observe things in this manner.
The same is true for your lattice
| I would love to see a discussion of this.
| When designing things like garden gates and arbors, even fence panels and window
| placement I often create stuff that doesn't look quite right, other times it
| looks great.
| I understand to concept sorta, of the golden rectangle but what about other
| shapes like rounded top gates, ovals, etc.
| I make one gate it looks great another looks a little off, but I really can't
| see why.
| I make a lattice frame arbor and it looks terrific, change the size and shape of
| the 'holes' or the boards and it looks awkward, clunky.