My Genius Loci
Genius Loci: In Roman mythology, it was the protective spirit of a place. It was often depicted as a snake. In contemporary usage, "genius loci" usually refers to a location's distinctive atmosphere, or a "spirit of place", rather than necessarily a guardian spirit.
Usage: "Light reveals the genius loci of a place."
As I read the article of Gunius Loci, I started to think about my own place and how it realated to this theory. I decided that my genius loci space is the family room of my house in Edina, MN. Why? Well, first of all there is a big screen TV! need I say more. No, the real reason is because it is where all my family gathers on Sunday night. Every time I walk into that room I am reminded of all the good times I have spent there. As the definition I have posted above, Genius Loci is the spirit of the place or the atmosphere, and my family room has a friendly, cozy and comfortable feel and atmosphere.
The lighting is also very important. There is a wood-burning fireplace which my family lights every sunday night in the winters. This creates a warm and inviting atmosphere which enhances the Genius Loci.I sometimes do homework in the family room. It is a very relaxing place, and it helps me concentrate.