Danny and the Perfect Symmetry

Danny was a little boy who could not walk, talk or use his hands.

The staff told us he could not make it to the A.R.T. studio that day because his wheelchair was broken.

SuperTracker Marybeth Hill returned with this news, a giant beanbag in hand. Tossed it on the studio floor and headed back the way she had come. To return with Danny in her arms.

Laying him on the bean bag we could see how fired up he was to be back with us.

Choosing the Point System  he utilized the large pressure switch nicknamed The Big Mac.

When he lowered his hand onto its spring loaded surface it called out: YES!

Although his head swayed on a horizontal path so far left, then back so far right it appeared he could not see the canvas when he fired the YES! audible signal to locate a point.

We, as always, just went with it. He was in charge of the process. Not us.

Others watching him might have been thinking: This is embarrassing. This is random. This is not real.

Ahhh. But when the painting was finished the lines Danny had plotted and had painted in the strong colors he had chosen, they formed a perfectly symmetrical set of colorful feathery brush strokes.

I mean perfect symmetry. All of the stroked lines of color rising at the same angle as the others. Six color strokes rising from the center to the right. Six rising from the center to the left.

Danny, on his own, worked out how although his head was swaying he could still nail the YES signal so the points would create these individual rising strokes. Suggesting a lyrical feeling that everything was okay. That everything emanated upward, outward, from a single invisible horizontal central line.