Aesthetic Satisfaction for Perfectionists on Instagram

Symmetry Monsters:

Feeling Mondrianian? Love the abstract language of architecture? Tired of selfies? An Instagram account for perfectionists, “Symmetrical Monsters”, gathers an incredible collection of Symmetry from people around the globe.


The content of Instagram can be very messy, unpleasant, and overwhelming at times. So why not just take a break and hang out in a world of lines and shapes where no one is showing off? A world where everyday life turns into a perfect combination of lines and shapes, for the simple pleasure of the eyes.


This Instagram account surely knows how to satisfy our inherent love for perfect harmony and order. Those crazy shots that some will find soothing, if not therapeutic, are definitely worth our time, for there is something highly pleasant about these insanely perfect symmetrical visions, whether intended or not.


And the cool thing is that everyone spotting some of that perfection in the mess of everyday life can celebrate symmetry by submitting their picture with the #SymmetricalMonsters hashtag.


But what does this passion for symmetry mean? What does it say about us? Nothing? Everything? For there is a reason why this account has so much success. Granted, human beings’ fascination for symmetry has always been a thing. But why, though?

Could it be that this strange satisfaction we get from staring at something mathematically organised and structured comes from a desire to remember that we, mere mortals, will never be that perfect (probably thankfully so)?

Although, for some reason, admiring symmetry and regularity does not necessarily make your own life less disorganised. You probably won’t start sorting out your life just after looking at those perfect shots. In fact, it might actually have the opposite effect. Since things are so well ordered out there in nature, why not allow a bit of turmoil and chaos in your life?

Like British designer Kevin McCloud said, “I’m terribly fastidious. I like symmetry and neatness, but my house is as chaotic as any other family’s.”


Maybe this account is a lens through which we see the world as we would like it to be. Or maybe it’s just that we like to see nice parallel lines sometimes. That could be it too. But that doesn’t make it less cool.

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Words: Pauline Schnoebelen


Hashtags: #photography  #architecture #SymmetricalMonsters  #art #instagram  #symmetry #artistic

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