Building functional structures defines humans, building beauty defines humanity
187° If beauty is not part of any physical structure, then we have betrayed ourselves. Beauty adds to the cost of building anything, but ugly subtracts from our lives. Russia and East Germany have many examples of buildings for purpose, but not beauty…and look at the morale of the people were who forced to live among the utilitarian housing, factories, and offices.
Before any construction worker picks up a hammer, before the engineer creates a blueprint, the artist should create the image that people will see.
169° Yesterday morning I rode past this….let’s call it a modern sculpture. It was an old television turned upside down in a neighborhood park with something written on the screen. It invites speculation. Here are some of mine:
Someone is frustrated with the amount of commercials and the endless teasing of stories on NBC’s Olympic coverage.
Woman threw her loser husband and his television out as the TV is older than their relationship.
Botched robbery. Thief was laughed at when his friends saw his ‘take.’
New wildlife program to capture squirrels. They are caught while waiting for the picture tube to warm up.
End result of Russian 1988 space program to build a permanent colony in Earth orbit.
Viewer reaction to Jimmy Fallon Late Night debut.
Latest Grand Prize for MegaBucks win.
The television Chuck Norris threw when his show was cancelled in 2001.