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“If your right hand makes you stumble…

February 20, 2011

cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.” Matthew 5:30

An excellent approach in design, less so in actual body maintenance.

Keep thinking about this in reference to Grand Canyon vs. Times Square, which is driving me nuts. It’s so obvious to me that there is real depth to this comparison — read any article about the construction of place in Grand Canyon and you will be struck by how that language could easily be speaking about Times Square — but the project is stalled. I’ve been trying to figure what the weak link is here that I must ruthlessly cut off. For a while, I thought it was the Grand Canyon itself; now I’m back on the Grand Canyon and thinking I’ve been blind to my insistence that this be an understandable design piece with a message.

I very much believe in the power of art packaged into design. But this project refuses all packaging. I keep thinking, “Just be simple, just do the dumbest, simplest thing.” And it seems like the simplest thing in this situation is to let this project breathe and let it be what it needs to be, essentially an art installation.

Hopefully this will work out; I feel somewhat moronic that I’ve been overlooking this assumption I’ve been making all along, but I do hate making art….


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