The Fountain of Youth
A youth tests his strength against the ropes of a homemade swing, getting ready for a spin. The swing is a metaphor for the passing of time, like the pendulum of a clock. Back and forth, the swing represents freedom and adventure and physical exuberance.
The carefully wound rope unravels and frays at the bottom suggesting the transitory nature of all living organisms toward entropy. Purple orchids, beautiful and fragile, blown by the wind, lead our eye around the youthful figure. Where is The Fountain of Youth?
It is represented here by the logarithmic spiral shape that is the orchid flower, both occulting and calling attention to the male private parts. The Golden Section, so in our face everywhere, in flowers especially, reminds us daily of the great mystery, if we choose to think about it. The spiral growth of the logarithmic spiral has the graceful ability to clone itself and perpetuate in perfect proportions.
Stark early morning light reminds us of the start of our journey in life but consequently casts raking shadows, too. Perhaps our youth is contemplating his own mortality.