Sunday, May 17, 2009

Know then, that the world exists for you.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I finished watching Ken Burns' Frank Lloyd Wright. A compelling story. In the beginning, an historian relates Wright to Emerson's quote: Every spirit builds itself a house; and beyond its house a world; and beyond its world, a heaven. Know then, that the world exists for you.

To me, art is the communication of emotion. Wright was a conduit of the art of place. He felt a place and built a projector to show the world how it feels to be in that place.

And again reference to Emerson: Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.

Know, completely, what you are feeling, and share it with the world.


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