human history in glass and steelThe National Museum of the Marine Corps is an amazing building. The huge steel ediffice looms over the surrounding Virginia scrub countryside, and lurks beside the sprawling military complex next door at Quantico. At first it's surprising that the Marines, one of the most conservative institutions in our society, would chose a contemporary steel and glass skinned building to celebrate its 23o year history. I would have imagined something brick, or marble columns, something more Monument and less monumental. As you stare, the building begins to transform. The 210-foot mast becomes a club, then a knife, then a razor, a bayonet, cannon, a tank's gun barrel, an implement of strength and power aimed at the sky. Then you realize that the towering Museum is this:
and everything makes perfect sense and you wonder whether any building could stand as tall as those soldiers. I haven't been inside, but the Museum caters to the lifelong brotherhood of proud Marines, perhaps exclusively. I may never stop and visit, but I am awed and reverential every time I drive past.
a good idea gone badI added a best of ghost robot section to the right. It's a convenient home for some of the best posts on the site, and it will grow as I work my way through the archives. Thanks for reading.
ps- getting proper attribution for remixes is kinda tedious and boring.
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Tuesday, February 06, 2007
homer simpson watching 'when buildings attack' on foxOh Dennis Oppenheim? He makes insane sculptures about buildings. That's all. And the metal and paint thing at left? It's a bus station in the middle of California. It's also a bus turning into a house. Nothing mind-blowing or anything.
gold records on my wall, blood on my hands
This was came out last August, and is probably a little topical, but I laughed really hard today. It's a spoof of the little known indie rock promotions industry, as well as music documentaries, pitchforkmedia, and america's most wanted. Stars Tapes N Tapes, Ted Leo, Devandra Barnhart, and Aziz Ansari. If you don't recognize any of those names, I could get back to posting about cool buildings, y'know, if you want.