When life gives you lemons, make pie! Pi day, March 14th, has just passed us by and I sure hope you grabbed a slice! Some people don’t realize that the holiday is not just about delicious desserts, but the symbol used in mathematics.

“Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point.” You can read more about Pi Day from the official website here.

The beauty of this holiday is the cohesion of a classic treat and rich history of circles; getting together to appreciate the discovery of a circle’s circumference by marveling at a round pie.

Below, JJ Galloway’s Lemon Meringue reminds us that when we are given lemons, the best thing to do is to make a pie. This positive outlook echoes to struggle of drawing a perfect circumference (of a circle) in art.

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Lemon Meringue by JJ Galloway

How you may be asking? Well, if you have ever tried drawing a perfect circle, you know how impossible it is to do by yourself. (Kinda like how Pi is an irrational and transcendental number). You don’t let that stop you, though. Do you practice the motion a few times, or trace a can onto the paper, maybe even make it organic and free-hand it?You throw in some sugar and eggs with those lemons, like finding creative solutions for that circle, then bake it for good measure.

I hope you have some leftover pie and come out to see Melange II!

 

 

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