Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Daily Dust :: Djenné


Don't think that I've forgotten about the actual Museum housing! I may have been focussing on landscaping the environs, but that was partially because I've been waiting on getting the blueprints from my architect, the highly reputable yet obviously unreliable Steingrüber. Perhaps it's lucky he hasn't got anything to me yet. It'll give him a chance to include some of the very fine architectural suggestions presented by Ferdinand Raus.

I'm sure he'll immediately grasp the aesthetic potential. Anyway, it’s obvious -- the Museum of Dust should, logically, be composed of dust. It is in ancient mudbrick structures like this mosque in Mali that the paradox of dust is resolved at the same time it is incarnated. It is a standing wave – renewed and worn away and renewed again, over the tens then hundreds of years, until every atom has been replaced.

Plus which, I’m the client. It’s about what I want.

And what I want is what’s best for the Museum. A structure based on the spectacular forms of Mali’s mud mosques could put us on the cultural map like Gehry’s Guggenheim did for Bilboa.

More extraordinary photographs by Ferdinand Reus
>>

Archnet has exceptional photographs of a couple of hundred of Mali’s less well-known mud mosques by Sebastian Schutyser >>

6 Comments:

Blogger BRSmith said...

Dear Cog, the hostess with the dustiest, you do.... of course you do.... know about "Smart Dust", yes?

There are fabulously boring movies about it, such as here...
http://chem-faculty.ucsd.edu/sailor/SmartDustSmall.mov

B.

7:49 pm  
Blogger BRSmith said...

and then he said: "Sorry; one always checks AFTERWARDS. Of course you knew..."

7:51 pm  
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Blogger snorri the goblin said...

If we did a really big one in beer bottles, then each bottle would be like a grain of dust, nein?

6:56 pm  
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