Saturday, November 7, 2009

Trees as God

I have heard forests described in many ways and seen magnificent landscapes from the ever-influential Capability Brown phenomena of Blenheim Palace to the exotic Arum-strewn entrance of the Oberoi Hotel in Bali in the 70's --- before there was an Aman - let alone a Hilton. Today I was no further away than Connecticut, but saw something there in New Canaan --- as exhilarating and visionary as anything anywhere in the world. Philip Johnson and David Whitney created such an extraordinarily lush layered landscape that describing it in hush and sacred terms seems appropriate. Hearing that the trees were illustratively dubbed 'Cathedraled' was a first and suited perfectly the conceptual advantage that had been taken with the 47 acres surrounding Philip Johnson's Glass House

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