I’ve always found it interesting how the random exploration of one thing can lead to insights of another. Such is my journey which lead me to read Neil Young’s 2012 autobiography Waging Heavy Peace. The beauty of autobiographies is that the reader becomes an instant third party to the authors journey in life. I’ve not been a follower of Neil Young, but I have enjoyed his music, never fully appreciating the depth of his artistry and what a significant impact he has made as an environmentalist, until reading his journey.
Scale, texture and repetition unify themselves rather eloquently–man and nature at the Rivers Ganges. There is a kind of truth and honesty in the simplicity in which building materials in various corners of the world are constructed for their indented use. I love how the rhythm of the users crossing the bridges and the waters reflection back equally adds to the beauty of this composition.
As the final entry for 2011, I thought at great length what would be befitting of the years last message. Naturally, reflecting on the loss of Steve Jobs seemed appropriate, but instead, I thought about how art inspires life and how with the passing of one year, we begin the New Year with a freshness amongst us–that unspoken sprit of rebirth, vigor and hope in our attitude towards life.
At age 82, Bill Cunningham, with his unassuming nature and zest for life–inspires me to move into 2012 with the same vitality and quiet confidence he projects through his lens as he documents New York and its people with his signature art-form.
What I am most reminded of by watching his documentary by Zeitgeist Films, is that being true to your craft comes with great personal reward, at any age…and that uniqueness in your field does and should continue have a place within our culture and in the build environment around us. We’ve lost great talent in 2011–but he is still with us, and we should appreciate our icons while we still have time to let them know that they have impacted our life. Thank you, Bill.
I was recently asked who my favorite architect was, while I had listed a few, Frank Gehry was notably on the top. If one looks at the architectural landscape of the last 20 years he above all has pioneered a new language for the visual form. Through his embracement of computer technology, primarily CATIA, and design exploration through materials, he bridged the gap from the conceptual design to a manufactured product. The result of this visionary spirit has enabled a new generation of architectural design to be realized.
After seeing this documentary, I knew this must be part of our teD Studio Inspiration series. Last week, the studio sat down to see it, our discussion thereafter was just as inspiring and insightful as the movie itself.
As teD celebrates our 8th year, we embark into new ground for us with the inception of what I prefer to call journal entries. Enjoy.