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There is a crack in everything That's how the light gets in

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I have no photo to say what i want

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christmas means no phone calls, no rest of the world intruding. I surface and wtf, isreal is bombing palestine. I want to resign from the human race. I go to see the new Art Gallery of Ontario Frank Ghery addition. It is wonderful. applause all round. cartwheels. The curves in the staircase could make us dance. It is beautiful. A wonderful, an affirmation of life, of its complexity of how things can fit together, how things can move us, how we are one people if you scrape off the crap. This staircase is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. It was done with the attention to detail, with craftsmanship and pride, so in its sensitvty to the best in us, the current news makes me outraged, angry, and without a photo to say that.

I have a lot of photos of what Frank Ghery did here, and he did a good thing, so I will post them.

I don't know about you, but I'm goddamn glad I'm nowhere near a scene where I could take a picture of how you must feel. I'm glad you're nowhere near that scene, whatever it is, too.

With all due respect for your anger and outrage -- and I say that without even a smidge of irony or sarcasm -- I'm glad you shared this picture with us instead. It has all the translucent beauty of a perfect seashell, and that's damned near impossible for the hand of man to achieve, especially on a such a macroscopic scale, and functional too.


30th Dec 2008, 00:41

factotum says:

I echo the articulate Laszlo...

30th Dec 2008, 01:06

swamprose says:

hey xalieri, big hug. one so big it embarasses your lovely woman with exquisite parasol. A world with great staircases, and women with wonderful parasols cannot be all bad. I am holding on, but so dismayed.

30th Dec 2008, 01:07

mara says:

many thanks swamprose, he's a master,I do not know if the word in English has the same tone of Italian "maestro"
I'll happy to see more pictures.

all the best to you, have a happy new year

30th Dec 2008, 07:29

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30th Dec 2008, 11:19

Dhamaka says:

sometimes contrasts work better

*sends strength - to swamprose and George

30th Dec 2008, 14:40

Viv says:

Yes this is wonderful and we need to look for the good to give us strength to cope with the rest

and Laslo is the wordsmith :)

you can't influence everything channel your energy into things you can - you have such a lot of it x

30th Dec 2008, 17:30

Hugs are always welcome. Freely given, freely received.

If I'm able to speak for others, that makes me glad.


30th Dec 2008, 18:06

MaggieD says:

There were demonstrations outside the Israeli embassy yesterday and today .... I was there yesterday .... will get it together to post some pics ....

30th Dec 2008, 19:49

EJ says:

I share your outrage and your dismay.
I thank you for posting this beautiful image and am looking forward to seeing more of your Gehry shots.

31st Dec 2008, 00:52

nige says:

This is beautiful.

There is light at the bottom of the staircase.

31st Dec 2008, 02:21

swamprose says:

thank you for the HL, and thank you for the kind comments.

This shot is of the wood staircase looking up.

31st Dec 2008, 04:18

nige says:

There is light at the top then!

31st Dec 2008, 09:49

It'd make a hell of a slide if it were upside down. I'd buy that ticket....


31st Dec 2008, 19:13

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