April 25, 2009

Blue Doorway

One reason I’m able to look at this endlessly is because of the way the net, eloquently and simultaneously, serves as art, theatre and mission. Its rich materiality is also driven home by the contrast with the colder, harder repetition-upon-repetition of the black-and-white outside. I appreciate how the policemen and the net relate functionally also, as protection and protection — and how distinctly the doorway is framed in comparison to the way the white sleeves of the officer blend into and almost merge with the window.
Wouldn’t it be nice, by the way, if grassroots activists had access to this level of design?

(image: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters. caption: A police officer stood next to 10 Downing Street in London. Sports personalities went to Downing Street on Monday for the launch of a malaria initiative, and a blue malaria net covered the front door for the occasion. Photo: From: NYT Pictures of the Day, April 20, 2009)

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