a meditative short film in which Japanese sculptor Etsuro Sotoo talks about how 41 years working as a sculptor culminated in a celebrated attempt to finish Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família basilica in Barcelona. To wit:
In 1978 Etsuro Sotoo arrived in Barcelona. He had just graduated in Fine Arts, he had just one year of experience as an Art teacher. When impressed by the unfinished temple: “It was the most fabulous pile of stones I had ever seen” …He asked for a job as a stonecutter. He wanted to continue the Nativity façade (the only façade that, thanks to his work, would be declared by Unesco World Heritage). He did a test and they gave him the position. Since then, he has completed what Gaudí did not even have time to think about. When he finished with the gaps, he started with the architect’s notes. When the tracks are over, it’s up to him to make decisions (source).
Behold: the Galleria department store in the Korean city of Gwanggyo, 25km south of Seoul.
Designed by OMA/Chris van Duijn, the facade features a replicating mosaic of precision cut triangular stones and bulging triangular opal windows apparently inspired in part by the nearby Suwon Gwanggyo Lake Park.
’x-lands’: an interesting concept by XTU architects whereby the inevitably defunct oil rigs of the future are transformed into offshore living space filled with greenery and powered by renewable energy.
The brutalist sedimentary architecture of artist and sandcastle maestro Calvin Seibert, conjured from nothing more than sand and water, smoothed and levelled by knife, trowel and hand. Sez he:
I always start at the top and work down, taking great care to keep the horizontals level. I pretty much make things up as I go along, allowing surprises and engineering difficulties to shape the castles.