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Architecture and Sculpture

Architects as “MAD” Sculptors

A few years back, family friends of ours moved to our community. They rented a beautifully designed 3 story house that even had a cave-like basement that became a wine cellar. The high-ceilinged rooms with vast windows made a wonderful music room and a jewelers’ studio. The dining and living area definitely felt like the outside was brought indoors. They entered the house in the midst of the heat of august, never needing to turn on air-conditioning. For late summer outdoor evening dinner parties, we always brought sweaters. The light from the house illuminated our outdoor candle-lit dining table. Then winter came along. They couldn’t heat the house. Even with the central heat on, the house was still freezing. We found ourselves sitting in our winter coats around the dining table under a beautiful chandelier, looking out towards the rain pounding on the roof and windows.

“Acrogali” Digitally Enhanced @Barbara Adler Art 2022

Going upstairs to help put one of the children to sleep, I saw buckets and rags collecting the water from the leeks. The house, it turns out, was designed by a couple that was architects. The house stood out impressively on the street. It looked like a piece of jewelry, like a piece of environmental sculpture. The materials are well chosen for the design. When it comes to designing a public space, I am all for the building to look like a monument, but to build a house one must be more pragmatic. It must feel like a home. It must convey sanctuary and warmth. It must be to-size and not outsize the individuals that reside in it. A building can be a monument, a sculpture with purpose, but when designing a home, we must keep in mind that it is not for the gods but for human beings. Often, architects become “mad” (as in wild) sculptors, designing beautiful environmental pieces that are inhabitable.

“Bell Flower” Enhanced Digital Illustration @ Barbara Adler Art 2022

Same when choosing artwork. Pick an artwork that has meaning and value for you, that you feel comfortable with, not an investment like shares on the stock market. Everybody needs art. There is Art for everyone’s state of mind, desires, and tastes. Take a break, reflect and delve into some of my art, to my stories. Flatter me and purchase a piece.

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