Connections: Will Alsop and Winsor McCay



From an article in the French magazine L’Express (no. 2906, 15-21 March 2007) previewing a forthcoming architecture exhibition in Paris, I found this article and a comment on the Sharp Centre for Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto.

“Cet architecte m’a toujours fait pense à Little Nemo et à cette BD de Winsor McCay dans laquelle les pieds de lit deviennent d’immenses jambes,” explique Patrice Goulet, le commissaire de l’exposition. “La sensation provoquée par ce gigantesque parallélépipède est étrange! On ne sait s’il enjambe délicatement le bâtiment qu’il domine ou s’il s’apprête à le pulvériser. Les projets de ce Britannique sont des machines à remonter le temps. On reste ébahi.”

Or in my shaky translation:

“This architect always reminds me of Little Nemo and of Winsor McCay’s cartoon, in which Little Nemo’s bed frame grows immense legs,” explains Patrice Goulet, the chief curator of the exhibition. “The feeling caused by this many-legged monster is bizarre! We don’t know if it delicately spans the building which it dominates or if it is about to pulverize it. The projects of this British architect are machines to return to time and time again. One remains amazed.”


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    "no words no action" was an experiment in academic blogging. The blog recorded the progress of reading, research and investigations that lead to a Masters in Architecture dissertation at the University of Sheffield in autumn 2007. You can find out more about the author's interest in blogging here.

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