Paint the sun

12 Apr

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.”
Pablo Picasso

House in the field, Picasso 1893

What is funny is that for having said that quote, there are very few images where Picasso painted a sun. Loot at the example above and you will see the best I could find (could an art expert maybe help me out some). Anyways I think this quote is true of architecture and helps to show why we need good architects. Think of how many architects make a building into a box then think how many take that box and make it something special. We need more of the second kind!

Houses on the hill, Picasso 1909

The second photo was just because I liked it and well it helped connect the quote to architecture.

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One Response to “Paint the sun”

  1. Ryan April 13, 2012 at 12:52 PM #

    What a great quote! I really appreciate you related Picasso’s quote to architecture, as I think many architects forget the close relationship between art and architecture.

    I agree that too many architects just turn architecture into a “box” (or a “fancy” box for that matter). While I feel that a trend is starting that is bringing out more of the second type of architect you talk about above, I don’t think it is happening fast enough.

    Furthermore, because of institutions like museums, the general public has been blessed at the opportunity to experience wonderful works of art, which used to only be the case for the very wealthy that could afford to purchase great art pieces. However, too often is good design (architecturally and beyond) only available to the wealthier public. I believe that we also need to get closer to bridging the gap of bringing great design to the general public and to all that experience the built environment. Again, in some ways we’re getting there, but we have a long way to go!

    Joshua Prince-Ramus actually spoke on this same thought in a TED Talk posted earlier on our blog. He talked about what he called “Architectural Agency,” describing much of the same: that architects need “take that box and make it into something special” as you said above. (check out the post and video here: Joshua summed it up at the beginning of his video when he said “architects are for decorative purposes only, and architects are cowards.” We need to stop being cowards and take charge of the future of our built environment!

    This post was very energizing Aric, thanks for sharing!

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