Not that all architectural ornament is to be neglected even in the rudest periods; but let our houses first be lined with beauty, where they come in contact with our lives, like the tenement of the shellfish, and not overlaid with it.
True, there are architects so called in this country, and I have heard of one at least possessed with the idea of making architectural ornaments have a core of truth, a necessity, and hence a beauty, as if it were a revelation to him.
These works reflect influences from the Past--prehistoric artefacts, baroque architectural ornament
, terracotta sketches by Bernini and Carpeaux--yet they also anticipate later developments in the medium, in particular the Expressionist works of Peter Voulkos and other Americans in the 1950s, and the Sodeisha group in Japan.
Gothic revival furniture was inspired by the pointed arches of stained glass windows, the pinnacled towers, sculpture and other architectural ornament
used in the Middle Ages and by medieval churches and tombs.
Louis Sielaff and almost ail of his contemporaries in Detroit's architectural ornament
industry were influenced in some way by Julius Theodore Melchers, a woodcarver and sculptor who taught and mentored dozens of 19th-century Detroit artists and craftsmen.
The clear and thematic organization contributes to a deeper understanding of the geometry expressed by Islamic architectural ornament
as well as a sense of awe and wonder.
Aronson is easier on a more common complaint, that is, Ming's tendency to repeat certain of his own motifs from show to show--horizontal poles, miniaturized architectural backdrops, floating blocks of architectural ornament
, and so on, with whatever visual element he happens to be working with at the time.
Restoration Hardware has a group of architectural ornament
fragments cast in brass and mounted on museum stands, among them swag and tassel, cornice, and acanthus scroll patterns.
Rathbone set out to emulate the architectural ornament
of the 15th century Della Robbias, an Italian Renaissance sculpture family he so admired.
Her 1999 book Cheap, Quick and easy: Imitative Architectural Materials, 1870-1930, for example, demonstrated in a highly engaging manner how machine-made products such as linoleum and pressed metal made architectural ornament
available to the masses.
Neil Forrest's colossal red-lacquer coated Flakes, suspended from the ceiling by stainless-steel wire, drew inspiration from the tree-boring habits of ants and the evolutionary sociobiology of myrmecologist E O Wilson but also, significantly, from Islamic architectural ornament
, particularly glazed-ceramic tiles.
The Pharos Arts Foundation (see letter below), on private initiative and with derisory financial help from the state, has done more to encourage love of music among the young -- organising educational concerts and master-classes -- and expose local audiences to high quality performers than the overpaid staff of the Culture Foundation who have been drawing fat salaries for years to promote the idea of the taxpayer wasting e1/4120 million on a building that will primarily function as little more than an architectural ornament
. Are appearances all we care about?