Thursday, August 27, 2009

2009: In a small street in Berlin, I had arrived at the AEG Turbine Factory exactly on time, but a hundred years too late.

I have written about the timeless beauty and architectural influence of Peter Behrens's architecture of 1909. Now that Modernism with all its idealism has been put on the shelf alongside other architectural "styles," I wanted to revisit the columns of the building in this drawing, zooming in to the point that the they are almost abstracted.

In Berlin, no one I asked knew about this building. And few people I know would understand why I went all the way to Berlin just to see these columns.

40"x54" ~ pastel on paper


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