Sunday, January 21, 2007

More Johnson: 'Building as Work of Sculpture'

'The third aspect, the most difficult, is the Building as Work of Sculpture. Architecture is usually thought of as different from sculpture and indeed not much great architecture is great sculpture. Pyramids: yes; Taliesin West, no. Stonehenge, perhaps; Versailles, no; the Guggenheim Museum, maybe. The Parthenon, certainly not. (Columns and entablatures see to that.) Frank Lloyd Wright roofs, arcades, colonades, all speak of architecture, not sculpture.'
- Philip Johnson, What Makes Me Tick
Extracts from a lecture at Columbia University, 1975.

Image: Philip Johnson, Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, L.A, 1980

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