5 "History is not simply the repository of unchanging facts, but a process, a pattern of living and changing attitudes and interpretations."
American sculptor Horatio Greenough (1805-52) announced his manifesto as “By Beauty I mean the promise of function. / By action I mean the presence of function. / By character I mean the record of function” (The Travels, Observations, and Experiences of a Yankee Stonecutter ).
431 "An environment whose chief aspects remain opaque to feeling is as unsatisfying as one which resists practical or in tellectual control. But just this sort of emotional frustration has prevailed for a long time past. An official art has turned its back upon the contemporry world and given up the attempt to interpret it emotionally. The feelings which that world elicits have remained formless, have never met with those objects which are at once their symbols and their satisfaction.
Such symbols, however, are vital necessities. Feelings build up within us and form systems; they cannot be discharged through instantaneous animal outcries or grimaces. We need to discover harmonies between our own inner states and our surroundings. And no level of development can be maintained if it remains detached from our emotional life. The whole machinery runs down."
680 John Utzon, Sydney Opera House, 1957.
"In my thought, I mould the invisible space with geometrically defined shapes in combination and when I have established the void I want, I freeze the situation in my mind. Because I haqve moulded space with geometrically defined shapes, the whole enclosure of the void is fully defined and the surface of the enclosure is divisible in a number of similar elements." (1965)
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