April 10: Lothlórien by way of Zürich

2012/04/10 § 2 Comments

On this day in 1931 Bruno Weber was born in Dietikon, Switzerland.

Nobody told young Bruno that if you’re born as a future architect near Zürich in the early 1930s that you need to bow at the altar of the Swiss-born Corb and those other Weissenhof worthies and spend your career churning out pristine white boxes of mechanical exactitude.  Instead, Weber (who died in 2011, and looked like what might happen if Gandalf found himself at a Grateful Dead concert in Peru) followed his special star, pouring himself into giant and fantastical sculpture.  Whether you see it as sculpture for buildings or architecturally scaled sculpture, all of his work was full of life, figural imagery, color and imagination.  His great work is his own house and surrounding garden in his home town.  There’s a certain Gaudi-like quality there, but without the fear of dragons springing to life and eating you.  Instead, these dragons wink and frolic, inviting you  deeper into a playground that owes something to the artist’s world travels, no doubt Swiss mythology, plenty to a singular vision, as well as to Tolkien.  More of that, please.

image: Bruno Weber’s house in Dietikon (from this source)


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