Where Women Glow and Men Plunder
An architecture post. Because it’s been a while since I’ve been inspired to write one.
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban likes cardboard. A lot. Specifically cardboard tubes, coated in polyurethane. We like to think of churches as places of permanence. Stone and wood, colored in with a stained glass rainbow.
Ban made magic with plastic and cardboard. A response to devastation in the wake of the Christchurch earthquake. A nod to the temporary notion of the worship of Life. To the wisdom of grabbing the moment, because moments are the essence of Living.
I laughed when MTM and I snapped photos for the same person. My dear friend Alice is the female version of MTM. I don’t know what I’d do without her. And she’s an architect. So I took this photo for her:
While MTM was snapping this photo for Alice:
What do you think of temporary buildings constructed of cardboard? Can they approach the magnificence of a Gothic cathedral or a more permanent structure? Some people spend their lives in silos, but would you spend a night in one?
I love how New Zealand is bending my brain. I’d love to hear what you think about these pictures.
And, if you’re interested, I posted two photo montages to Tumblr. To see our collection from New Zealand’s Banks Peninsula, click here: Andra Watkins Tumblr
And to view our drive to New Zealand’s Mount Cook, click here: Andra Watkins Tumblr
Middle Earth. It takes on a whole new meaning.
To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis isn’t Tolkien, and you can totally point that out once you’ve read it. Purchase my novel by following any of the links below.