07 May 2010

Parted

The architect Louis Kahn said:

“Consider the momentous event in architecture when the wall parted and the column became.”

 

He was talking about building parts, of course, but the metaphor is inescapable...goddamnit, I know what he means, now, after all these years...


...I am become column.

15 comments:

  1. what's happened?? that is an evocative and painful image, so what has you so shredded...oon the other hand, a column is a slender yet powerful support, capable of being intense weight, so perhaps you have found some new strength? hmmmm things that make your readers go hmmmmm

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  2. Iggy,

    Walls hide things. Columns support things. Be a column.

    Oh, and tell goddamn Louis Kahn that using transitive verbs as intransitive verbs is silly and pretentious, and makes you sound like a 1970s wannabe hippie poet trapped in a job at a B-list liberal arts college.

    On that point I'm a stickler. Or perhaps, I should say, that I stickle.

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  3. Columns...what's wrong with 'em? They are stout, strong, supportive, no?

    All good traits, methinks.

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  4. Thank fuck for that Irish!
    Right now I feel more Gollum than column!

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  5. Missed you.

    ...and a group of columns a museum makes; but single, a delightful umbrella. For one or two.

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  6. There's nothing at all wrong with being a column, my dear Irish. They are strong, beautiful and supportive.

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  7. When the walls parted, it opened my mind to the space and the view. I need the columns to support what I saw....

    Okay, your post was making me pull from my shallow depths.

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  8. I'm a parting wall. I suspect that's why my head hurts. Lend me some aspirin will you please.

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  9. so much more architecturally interesting than the lowly wall, wouldn't you say?

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  10. Ein mal ist kein mal

    it's the second time that makes it

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  11. I hope you're doing okay. I'm slightly worried about you.

    ~Lola

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  12. Columns are strong and supportive. The question is are you fluted?

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  13. Columns. Are they Roman or Greek? Are you wearing a toga with that column?

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