Day Twelve: Architecture
Thought it would be easy to use Pompeii for this assignment. So many buildings not only intact, but the residents of that fated town must have just vibrated with a collective creativity in the way they fused architecture and art. In 79 AD Mount Vesuvius erupted and literally buried the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash. I arrived later and felt genuine awe, so mixed was my respect for what they had achieved there, now so preserved by tragedy. …and skittish fear in seeing what is possible in terms of sudden catastrophe no matter how beautiful your surroundings and lifestyle.
This assignment proved difficult. Took many hundreds of photos of this intoxicating place. Could not decide which would be representative. Couldn’t be done. So here is just a tease of a taste of Pompeii. demonstrating what I call the The Fusion of Art and Architecture.
A craftsmen pulled a reed
from the reedbed. cut holes in it
and called it a human being.
Since then, it’s been wailing a tender agony
never mentioning the skill
that gave it life as a flute.
Every wall any building a blank canvas for creation of art!