"Brutal & Beautiful: What is Brutalism?"
In association with a small exhibition in London, Elain Harwood and the folks at English Heritage have produced a series of short videos on listed Brutalist buildings. The first — an overview that features Alison & Peter Smithson’s house for Derek Sugden, and Ernö Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower — is embedded here. The other two videos feature Denys Lasdun’s Royal College of Physicians and Peter Aldington’s Turn End houses, respectively. The results are delightful and well worth your 15 minutes.
When you really start to get to know someone, that feeling of a fresh start, a blossoming friendship, that new born sight where you start to see this beautiful soul, nothing bad resides within, a golden glow of another human orb unique to our species alone. That feeling that another entity is entirely perfect to you, only the thing is, they aren’t …
You start to realise it was just a projection of the beautiful, onto what cannot ultimately only result in the sublime. Something imagined projected onto another blank canvas, the ultimate desirable and yet unattainable object. That was the other soul, that was you.
In what seems like a second, the illusion was violently shattered. Shards flying in every tangible direction, inflicted minor ruptures not on flesh but within the mind, that will never heal. That projection dismantled in seconds, like a mirror the pieces can never return to the original view, its now deformed and warped. The illusion is shattered and the perfect projection is ruptured, my head can no longer conjure that magic image. My darling what’s left isn’t the you I thought I knew.