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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have often wondered what the interiors of pre-Columbian architecture looks like, or, being windowless, if anything can be seen.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To quote Mr Wright: (about the Pantheon, was it -- or St Peter's): "Is it hollow ?"

When confronted with the A D German Warehouse one assumes that it's hollow -- though what could be going on inside is anybody's guess.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can believe FLW saying such a thing about St. Pete's, but I highly doubt he could be anything but impressed by the Pantheon, the standard against which all ecclesiastical buildings should be measured.

The interior of German is inconsequential, since it was meant predominantly to be a warehouse. The non-warehouse spaces at street level and in the annex all have plenty of windows.

All those pre-Columbian buildings were symbols of power. I suppose they had altars inside where they could excise hearts of peasants?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking for interiors of pre-Columbian temples I come across this:

https://pufflesandhoneyadventures.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/02_2015_hollyhock2-3-0.jpg


And there's a gorgeous object shown on this page, but it's not identified or placed . . .

https://gohighbrow.com/pre-columbian-architecture/

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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you referring to the sculptural object in the fourth image? Teotihuacan is the Aztec pyramid in Mexico City.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay. I was wondering if the object is/was located inside one of the temple structures . . .

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roderick Grant wrote:
Are you referring to the sculptural object in the fourth image? Teotihuacan is the Aztec pyramid in Mexico City.


No, no, no. Teotihuacan predates the Aztec Empire. It's an entire city located about 25 miles NE from Mexico City ...

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teotihuacan
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vincent Scully would be very excited by the "twin horns" of the distant mountains, and by the echo of the nearer peak in the pyramid (?) . . .

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2f/SSA41434.JPG

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

True, Rood, Teotihuacán did not start out Aztec, but by the time Cortez arrived, the Aztecs had been there for a long time. Who built it originally, whether one of the documented tribes like Maya or Olmec, is unknown. As Wikipedia states, there are things about its history that are matters of speculation.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't intend to get too far afield, here, but the city and civilization centered on Teotihuacan was said to have collapsed about the year 500 AD. Meanwhile, the Aztecs began to settle in the Valley of Mexico beginning about 1248 AD. If that's true, roughly 750 years separate the two centers.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

... and that's why the place was somewhat the worse for wear by the time the Aztecs got there.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



in this, probably the most famous photograph of the Larkin building, why did the photographer choose such a skew point of view? Did he want to emphasize the strong vertical lines of Wright's design?

While I was modeling the Larkin, I realized that there is also a much more mundane reason: This is the only point of view from which the electricity cables are not visible!


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose you are right that the "iconic" photo of Larkin simply deletes the electrical wires without alterations to the image. But, when one carefully studies it, the photo seems to be very carefully composed...notice the careful alignment of the ornamental fence with respect to features of the building; the interplay of the rhythms of the building and the fence; the diagonal balance of the entrance through the gate at the lower left with the darkness of the pier at the upper right.
It is a beautifully composed image.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, it is a very good and very complicated photo to execute, there is no doubt, but I always thought that it had a very clear intention and now I wonder if it was born from the need to avoid the electricity cables, many works of art were born of humble needs, what makes it great is the virtuosity of the photographer.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That isn't an unusual vantage point. When I did architectural rendering, that was the preferred image. It makes the building very muscular and dramatic, compared to the more sedate view.
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