Thanks for inspirations can be given to Louis I Kahn for his geometric purity. I would say he was the best Minimalist ever, except that one can fall all the way into his details and they are every bit as fulfilling as the big form. Minimalism forgets the details. The Library at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter NH was a pilgramage destination a couple of weeks ago for Louise and I. Recommended. Thanks also go to Patty Harper for her encouragement to think on an architectural scale. This piece was built at a scale of 1/4"=1'. The biggest sphere is eight feet in diameter. And the specific inspiration came out of a dialogue with Louise. I had made gold leaf spheres sitting on cubic pedestals to be a feature in the subterranian chambers of the Plaza of the Ruins of the House of Rage, and Louise said the next day "Those spheres are really cool. You should do more with them. A bunch of them" Into the minds eye leaped the image of a progression of spheres partly submerged in a depression, like an amphitheter. A sketch on my timesheet at work that day found the crude form, and the following weekend I spent all of Saturday at the drafting table working out the details to scale. Found 1/8th inch baltic birch plywood online, which was perfect for the hieght of the rise of the steps at scale.
At one point, while thinking about the Temple of the SpaceHawk, I wondered if there should be a roof over the whole configuration, and when I looked at the drawing and asked myself the same question the spirit of Architectural Inspiration answered. "Look! this IS the roof!" Another underground chamber.....this time with with rampant vaulting. I sketched it right over the drawing as I Iooked at it. If the steps incorporated glass block this chamber could be a beautiful gallery for an Art Museum. Natural diffused light. Louis would love it. Ah..... but should I do it that way as a scale model? Good idea. A tremendous amount of work. If there were any interest........or if the luxury of time were affordable with so many personal construction projects in the works. I built the origional thought.