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Saturday, 19 May 2007
Temple of the Golden Spheres
Greetings Friends and Family,
I have been playing again....should be down on my hands and knees worshiping at the Temple of Home Improvement, but here I am, creating a Vision of the Temple of the Golden Spheres.....

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.

Each step is a piece of plywood trammel cut with a router.  All the pieces were keyed together with small holes at the corners of the whole stack and also at the center of the concentric progression. It seemed like the steps would be a nice place to sit, and there needed to be an overlook as well as the opportunity to descend and stroll around the configuration.

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.

Art Museum......If this were in a large emough plaza, it could be surrounded with a sculpture park.  It could hold its own with one of Richard Serra's big twisty pieces of stabilized rust........
By the way there is a water feature ...a series of small cascades that run beneath the spheres.   I suppose I could indicate that with silicone, but my use of a caulk gun is dangerous enough that I should be forbidden to even pick one up.  Maybe those little squeeze tubes........But then again it has to look good in winter when the pipes freeze.....assuming we still have winter in the coming days
love to all BSB

Posted by Bennett at 4:36 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 24 May 2007 9:24 AM EDT

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