CHRISNA DE BRUYN / THE EVER CHANGING POSSIBILITY OF IMMINENT CHANGE

SAN FRANCISCO’S FINE, YOU SURE GET LOTS OF SUN /

Posted in Uncategorized by chrisnadebruyn on May 18, 2010

I CAN CLAIM NO SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE OF HORTICULTURE… I EVEN CONFESS TO ENJOYING THAT IGNORANCE SINCE IT HAS LEFT ME FREE TO REACT WITH SIMPLE PLEASURE JUST TO FORM AND COLOUR, WITHOUT BEING DIVERTED BY CONSIDERATIONS OF RARITY OR TIED TO THE CONVENTION THAT A FLOWER MUST BE PHOTOGRAPHED AT ITS MOMENT OF UNBLEMISHED, NUBILE PERFECTION.

‘Flower Power’ unites two bodies of Penn’s work; flowers dating from 1967 to 2006 and ethnographic studies of San Francisco hippies and Hell’s Angels, 1964 to 1971. These two distinct series are strongly related in the context of the ‘Flower Power’ movement of the 1960’s. ‘Flower Power’ a slogan attributed to the American poet Allen Ginsberg, was used by hippies during the late 1960s and early 1970s as an symbol of peace, rooted in opposition to the Vietnam War.

All photos by Irving Penn.
From top: (Early) Hippie Group, San Francisco 1967, Rock Groups (Big Brother and the Holding Company and The Grateful Dead), San Francisco 1967, Hippie Family San Francisco.

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THE CHEMOSPHERE /

Posted in Uncategorized by chrisnadebruyn on May 10, 2010

TONE DOWN YOUR DAILY ROUTINE. LEAVE THE BOXES BEHIND. LIVE IN MODERNIST OCTAGONS. REMEMBER TO BE KIND TO YOUR FRIENDS.

I can always recognize a building by John Lautner, Architect, not because it looks like any other Lautner building, but because it looks like nothing that has ever stood before on the face of the Earth.

(Originally written October 14, 1994)

The Chemosphere, built by American architect John Lautner in 1960, is an innovative Modernist octagon house in Los Angeles, California.
The building stands on the San Fernando Valley side of the Hollywood Hills, just off of Mulholland Drive. It is a one story octagon with around 2200 square feet (200m2) of living space. Most distinctively, the house is perched atop a concrete pole nearly thirty feet high. This innovative design was Lautner’s solution to a site that, with a slope of 45 degrees, was thought to be practically unbuildable. The house is reached by afunicular.

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