Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Beautifying the World

Jørn Oberg Utzon, Danish architect, created many wonderful works, at least one of which everyone in the civilized world has seen, if not in its physical presence, then in a pictorial representation.

Mr. Utzon was born in 1918 and died in 2008 at age 90.
Utzon's 1957 competitive entry seeking the award for the design of the Sydney Opera House was one of 233.  Eero Saarinen said that Utzon's submission was "genius" and he could support no other.


Utzon was born in Copenhagen, April 9, 1918.


Secondary Roads said...

Given its appearance and location the Sydney Opera House is an architectural masterpiece.

Grace said...

(What's with the 'read more' link?) I have always been on the fence with that building...I suppose being on the water's edge its resemblance to an open clam shell or a giant fish's maw is appropriate - why am I thinking "Jonah and the Whale"?

vanilla said...

Chuck, in real estate, and art, location is a major factor. That one probably wouldn't be nearly so appropriate in our prairie setting.

Grace, I am glad you asked. I had been thinking about using the jump on all my blog posts, so that there might be an intro to four or five articles on the page when you pull it up. What do you think?

To me, the building evokes breakers rolling in from the sea, but the "Jonah" image makes sense, too.

Grace said...

Personally I dislike the jump - another thing to click on...For me they are annoying as all get out.

For you I would do it, for blogs I am not familiar with I never bother.

(I also dislikes links in a post that don't open in a new window/new tab. I am told that 'everyone knows' to right click on a link. Well I am not 'everybody' and when I use links I make sure that they will open in a new window/new tab. And that's the end of that rant 👿 )

vanilla said...

Grace, Thank you so much for taking time to respond to my question. I value your opinion, and unlike the politician who tells us that, I will defer to your take on this. So far as the “link” thing is concerned, I make sure that the “open in new window” feature is applied, as do you. That is very helpful, and I am more likely to click on links when I know the blogger uses that feature.

Sharkbytes said...

It is one of the few buildings that doesn't major in square corners that I sort of like. At least it doesn't make me want to look away or make me dizzy.

vanilla said...

Sharkey, some of us just simply like to see the world as "four square," I guess.