Following on from the previous post here are some more examples of written instructions on ‘planes. I am not sure why I find these so fascinating – I am not normally drawn to text on things – but I would like to annotate a building some time.
In the new year I returned to the UK after living abroad for thirteen years or so. When I left, lifts (and buildings generally, for that matter) did not talk to you and there were not notices on every piece of wall, ground or implement that has any remote chance of harm, however unlikely. I was in Edinburgh this weekend for the Plenitude and Emptiness conference (very enjoyable) and was put up in a hotel where there were warning signs on the taps that they contained hot water! Then the lift would tell you not only which floor you were in but gave a running commentary on the status of the doors. I wonder what foreigners make of the British, needing their every move to be explained to them? Of course, I understand why this has happened, but given that these signs or instructions have become ubiquitous I was also wondering what other instructions might be placed on architecture to make another sense of it, a little in the way that written instructions adorn military ‘planes. (See earlier posts on Written Instructions).
A surprisingly common sight in Winnipeg – houses raised up while new higher higher or deeper basements are built underneath. The ground is an aggressive clay that leaves many houses heaving in strange directions.
Thanks for the photos, Phoebe
Two of the new drawing instruments, working with Perry Kulper. His drawing and other pieces are on the instrument in the foreground and my drawing and drawing pieces are visible to the right.
A water tank sits in front of this cyclorama at Universal Studios in L.A. It is drained in this photograph so the crane can do its work, but normally the cyclorama provides a sky for model ship battles of all ages. I understand that the closing scene of the Truman Show was filmed here – the rupture of the picture plane providing the denouement of the story (in this case the image plane and picture plane effectively being the same thing).
You get an idea of how deep the tank is from the crane in the top picture.