Friday, January 04, 2008

except for scenic designers

gaby was here (andres too)

When you see an aging building or a rusted bridge, you are seeing nature and man working together. If you paint over a building, there is no more magic to that building. But if it is allowed to age, then man has built it and nature has added into it — it's so organic.

But often people wouldn't think to permit that, except for scenic designers.

Film director David Lynch speaking of Beauty in Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity. Another one from the Tattered Cover haul.

Which I summarized in brief in an email to a friend in which I suggested he was welcome to the book now that I'd finished it:

p.s. & unrelated: just finished the david lynch book. strangely rambling & yet concise take on the connection between his meditation practise and his work in film/the creative process. a really light but enjoyable read. with some bizarreness like a chapter entitled: "The box & the key"[1] followed by a single sentence: "I don't have a clue what those are."

the book's a little like a david lynch film, actually.

Needless to say, he didn't take me up on my offer.

[1] A Mullholland Drive reference, no?

Update: Speaking of David Lynch, @vasta just tweeted this: David Lynch on the iPhone »


Lolabola said...

he didn't? that sounds like a fabulous little read

Anonymous said...

There is a steel used for bridges called Cor-Ten that is meant to rust. It builds up an oxide coating, which hypotheticaly protects it from further degradation. I've seen a lot of bridges and overpasses in Texas built with it. Lynch would dig it.


Anonymous said...

Come to think of it, this effect is super common but often suttle. The whitish patina on the Saint Lewis arch captured in your photo a few months back is caused by the oxide coating on the stainless. When it is new or polished it can be as bright as a mirror, but a few weeks of weathering softens the brightness and tends to look white instead of silver from a distance.
The same is true of aluminum. It can be polished to a very bright finish, but an oxide coating forms in days or weeks that gives the aluminum it's typical soft misty glow.

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