Friday, June 12, 2009

Grassy Sea

For the last two weeks I've been visiting the ruins of Eastside Catholic in our neighborhood. I'm drawn to the spaces carved out by baseball and football fields (erstwhile home of The Crusaders) tennis courts, a track, the fence-bounded campus which is off limits, and portable classrooms. There is litter here, and graffiti, a broken window or two. But there are also signs of survival and reclamation. What I find most intriguing is the austere beauty of objects in a grass sea and recall two of the most enduringly beautiful architectural icons of the last century:

Mies Van der Rohe, Farnsworth House, Plano, IL

Le Corbusier, Villa Savoye, Poissy, France

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