Original Image by Noah Freidman-Rudosky for the New York Times | Photo Composite

Lithium Salt Flats, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Friday, November 18, 2011

photo credit friedman rudovsky new york times; photo composite; une imagined site series
UNE Imagined Places, Lithium Salt Flats. 
Original Image: Friedman Rudovsky, New York Times
... i think to the colosseum, ziggurats, ancient arches, the pyramids and temples of every continent––when their edifice form lost its function, its ruin reveals its art. what remains is not seen but is a sensation, similar to how nerves that once serviced a missing part of the body still remain alive and well but without a function. the sensation from these ancient forms triggers a function of what it is to be human––and humanity's continual efforts to build or create something to replace or fill what is missing.

Art is not in the creating of a functionless form––rather, when all other structure and definition has failed, it is what persists.

when this persistence can be expressed in Form, only its sensation will demonstrate whether it serves to function humankind.