Thursday, June 5, 2008

Laying out a Ley Line


Ley lines vibrate with invisible forces. Skewering through cities, suturing landscapes. These lines have seduced me in designing, as means of revelation, so now it's time to live it, to walk the line. An exercise in plotting, both mischievously and cartographically, is now underway. There are many lines of force running across Europe, and I'm adding a new one, joining the dots between architectures and landscapes of poetry, places of huge magnetism. My line is the black one, although the red one is also curiously mesmerising ...

The line begins at Santiago de Compostela - appropriately a pilgrimage site. More recently this is the site of the vastly unfurling edifice by Peter Eisenman, the City of Culture.

Then, another place of rippling surfaces, the Bilbao Guggenheim, Gehry's silvery sculpture. I used to think the Bilbao Effect was like Stendhal Syndrome, which could be a motif for this linear tour ...
Along the coast further is Portbou, site of Walter Benjamin's suicide, and the memorial designed by Dani Karavan, called Passages - and thus a necessary Port of call for many reasons ...
A few more things along the line ... such as the homage site for the Nebra Sky Disk, as in the post prior to this one, the Nebra Ark ...
And ultimately ending with Peter Eisenman, an echo of the line's beginning, a site which features large on my field of internal vision, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, a fitting point of punctuation, a sense of an eternal ending ....
And, so, this is the plan for next year, or something like this ... all donations gratefully received ...

3 comments:

artandmylife said...

You could add a tip jar (aka "buy me a beer") button to your blog - you never know where it might take you.

jacky bowring said...

Or perhaps some blog busking ... I'll get out my virtual ukulele ...

artandmylife said...

Busking sounds much better