© Trupti Patel Doshi, 2/10/2011, Outside of the Box

My drawing was inspired by an article about the dynamic new residential tower in Lower Manhattan that is about to be completed by Frank Gehry, “The Spruce Street Project.”

“The focus on refined textures, the cultivation of a sense that something has been shaped by a human hand…10,500 individual steel panels, almost all of them different shapes, so that as you move around it, its shape is constantly changing….the ripples that run up and down the facades form angular window bays inside, creating pockets of space that give the apartments an unusually intimate feel. They also provide dramatically angled views of the surrounding skyline.”

Gehry’s work makes a statement against conformity and modestly steps outside of the box “to celebrate the joy that can come out of creative freedom and, by extension, to reassert the individual’s place within a larger social framework. His interest lies in the clashing voices that give cities their meaning; it is democratic at heart.”

 

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