When visiting the Greek Cycladic islands, the ‘Hexafoil’, sometimes defined as ‘Aphrodite’s Flower’ was seen carved into a block of marble being used as a door step to a village house. It is assumed the marble block was relieved from a Greek or Venetian building in ruin.
In use on our many ‘off-form’ concrete buildings, the foil is cut from a sheet of brass and nailed to the timber formwork. Form stripping leaves the evidence of the foil.
Part identity, part because we could.