Look down

Last month I gave a talk at Hong Ik University in Seoul. Prior to going to the venue I noticed that this relatively non descript campus–architecturally speaking–had a great series of paving experiments up to the design building. The materials were wood, rough granite, cut granite, hewn wood, and more.

The next time that you go somewhere look down to see if they are having a good time with paving patterns. I would say what you find may not even compare to the level of attention and detail I saw here.

My friend Mark Painter Pariani shared with me this quotation by JRR Tolkein in respect to the importance of where we walk:

“It’s a dangerous business going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off too.”

Besides what was on the ground, the arrow sculpture (pictured with me below) was the most dramatic piece in the environment.

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One Response to “Look down”

  1. Arno says:

    I was myself in Korea a couple of years ago and ended taking many pictures of all the amazing textures that ones finds in Seoul. http://www.flickr.com/photos/marco2001/collections/72157604401726433/
    I wonder what culturally pushed koreans to develop so many interesting textures.

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