Thursday, October 05, 2006
New Art Wing VS. Old Lucas Concept
So, As many of you who live in Denver may know, this weekend is the grand opening of the new wing at the Denver Art Museum. I have never been to the art museum, and although I am dating a painter, this seems to bother me less and less each day, as I think about more important things, such as if they will ever find the cure to MS and whether Clark Kent and Lana Lang will ever get together during high school....
But what propels me to discuss the art museums is the upcoming opening this weekend. I really want to go! I was listening to Colorado Matters on Colorado Public Radio and they will be doing interviews with the architecht, Daniel Libeskind. I listened to the director of the art museum today, and found myself trying to look at the building in a different light. I am not convinced about it, but I'm willing to open my mind to 'Art' and try to see it differently.
Differently than what, you ask?
Well my friends, for the last 2 years, I have been under the firm belief that the architect, Daniel Libeskind, is a dutch Star Wars fanatic.
Looking at the photo of his newest design, do you notice any similarities to any structures in Star Wars? Any at all?
How about MOVING structures?
Well for many moons now, I have compaired the unfinished product to a sandcrawler.
A what? Why? What's the significance? I DON'T KNOW!!!!
But lets examine the evidence, shall we?
Sandcrawlers are huge treaded fortresses used by Jawas as transportation and shelter. The sand-pitted vehicles, many meters in height, are equipped with a magnetic suction tubes for sucking droids and scrap into their cargo chambers.
The new wing on the museum is a huge treated fortress used by puny humans as housing for other precious artifacts into the cargo chambers.
Apart from the technical data - let's take a look at asthetics. Do you see anything to connect the two ideas? George Lucas wanted an old mining transport used to infer that Jawas were scavengers and traders which were housed inside, impermiable to Tuscan Raiders.
Daniel Libeskind was looking for something as phenominal as the opera house in Sydney, Austrailia - to infer an identity for Denver, which will withsand the test of timelessness in architecture.
Let's ask the readers?
Do you agree?
Will this sandcrawler-esque art wing hold up over a period of say, 30 years, as opposed to the sandcrawler, which is timeless?
Only TIME will tell.
But until then, I will hold my judgment a few weeks longer, before I decide. But what I do know, is that with all the scrambling of the city officals to actually FIND Denver's identity and give it a voice, I think they need a lot more than a couple of bad sculptures and fancy new buildings to put it's name back on the map.
As for me, I believe the sandcrawler will only ever be my first love.
It's simplicity reminds me of a time less confusing, and trading a whole helluva lot easier before imperial stormtroopers were around to fuck it all up.