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Standing Too Close

Great minds are related to the brief span of time during which they live as great buildings are to a little square in which they stand: you cannot see them in all their magnitude because you are standing too close to them.

Arthur Schopenhauer

I decided that I’m tired of standing too close to stuff and not really looking at it. Sometimes I think that the bigger something is, the less noticeable it is. Like the other day I was at the grocery store Sprouts and I bought some toothpaste or something and the person ringing it up put in some special code for our extra 25% off and we were like “What’s that for?” and they said they were having all their health and beauty stuff on sale, and then I looked over and saw a gigantic banner hanging over the entire section of the store that said extra 25% off in huge letters. It was like the most obvious thing in the store but none of us saw it.

So I’m going in all the places that I see but don’t think about because there’s got to be something important in there or they wouldn’t have bothered to build, right? Right. Same goes for people too, if each individual wasn’t important then why would they be here? We might not live long enough to truly appreciate someone but it’s the kind of project that is best just to go ahead start on even if it goes unfinished. We should never be so close to someone that we can’t appreciate them fully.

Some pictures of places and their squares-

doorway

grayscale

linear

reflect

ivy

IMG_6212

containers

phone booth

skylight

bars

row

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Architecture

Moving in slightly closer and looking at building structure itself you see that the more than just the shape of the overall building is interesting. The entryways, hallways, and floors are all constructed with purpose and style.

The public library is right next to the museum of art. This entryway, filled with book drop offs and doorways, had the cool quietness you would except from a library. Peering down this column of marble and shade you are filled with a sense of silence solitude as though peering into a separate world through the pages of a book herein contained.

Across the street is yet another columned building, but, as you can see,  quite different from the other and a stark contrast to the ultra modern structures in its immediate vicinity.

Moving in through the entry there are thick cut doorways in the cold marble where soft light beckons. Ascending small stone stairs you emerge in a Hellenistic world.

The other side.

Through the ancient columns, down the heavy stone staircase, and across the silent, sprawling brick plane lies the Denver Tech Center.

From old to new

public to private

spacious to cramped

silence to sirens

hangin’ to hustlin’

greek to greed

flat stone to gleaming glass

Denver is a world of worlds.


Buildings

I spent the weekend in Denver, Colorado. Usually we only go there to go to elitches or the natural history museum or drive through it on the way to bandamier speedway, we never really see or explore Denver. We always eat at fast food places and drive on ugly highways and hope no one breaks into our car, but this weekend we ate at fabulous restaurants and walked around under the amazing architecture and hoped no one would break into our car. It was great!

The fascinating thing about downtown Denver is the juxtaposition of old, classic, ornate buildings with the giant, shiny, and angular modern architecture. We went to the new(ish, since I’ve been there last) museum of art, which I believe was inspired by my favorite architect Frank Gehry. It turned out that the first Saturday of each month is a free day at the museum so we ended up only having to pay two dollars for parking, and that turned out good because I got impatient with the inside of the museum so we just left so I could walk around the outside. I really only wanted to see the building.

This series is of whole buildings surrounding the plaza around the museum. Later posts will include more detailed shots of the museum and park across the street.