Category Archives: Symbols

Bentley Hotel

Mostly symbolic
National register
Preservation import

The question is not whether and how the assemblage of phenomena and the series of causes and effects, which we call the course of nature, has become actual outside us. The question rather relates to how succession becomes manifest for us.

“The reason why men enter into society is the preservation of their property.” – John Locke

Free Smells

Affecting stimuli
Aroma conscience
Volatilized compounds

Many overt messages that quickly pass-by on an urban exploration are value propositions of dubious esteem. Only actions that are freely willed are seen as deserving credit or blame.

“Each day has a color, a smell.” – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Life and Death

Etch history
Final statement
Ephemeral interval

Unending subdivisions of both space and time produce ideas of infinitesimal and infinite processes. Aesthetics embraces a view of the universe that includes some uncertainty and mystery, while investing in time wisely.

“Here lies one from a distant star, but the soil is not alien to him, for in death he belongs to the universe.” – Clifford D. Simak

Contemporary History

Continued succession
Of appearances
Bound to time

Artifacts and idealized narratives can become revenue sources based on enticement. Perpetuated through methods of display and diluted interpretation, tourist attractions construct narrow landscapes.

“The finite endures and resists inclusion within any arbitrary totalization.” – Michael Vater

Fit All

Phenomenal level
Domain of the real
Immediate consciousness

For Schelling, primordial knowledge itself is equivalent to intellectual intuition. Such knowledge is identical with its object, as the subject becomes aware of itself. Pure space and time are not perceived in the ordinary consciousness, but are rather grasped through intellectual intuition in the unconsciousness.

“We do not act because we know, but we know because we are destined for action; practical reason is the root of all reason.” – Johann Gottlieb Fichte


Enough evidence
Measured empirically
Propounds the view

Out in the middle of the street, age and random crushing forms an aesthetic object full of curiosity.

“Alas, a few years ago, I should have said “my universe”: but now my mind has been opened to higher views of things.” – Edwin A. Abbott


Particular specified form
Certain divergent respects
Iteration identity sequence

In an attempt to augment individual uniqueness over sameness, names and numbers can help to establish a relational identity, as mere labels for a set of problems. Gottfried Leibniz established the modern formulation of identity, stipulating that x is the same as y if and only if every predicate true of x is true of y as well. Of course, truth is just as slippery as equivalence.

“Ordinary people are products of their environment and fit in. Artists transcend their environment and stand out.” – Oliver Gaspirtz

Natural Flow

Repeated cycles
Generally portrayed
Different seasonal aspects

Narrowly focused on immediate and present conditions, the idea of time as consisting of endlessly reiterated oscillations is perhaps useful.

“Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.” – Kurt Vonnegut

Exceptional Coolness

Woven wall
Spatial attributes
Flexibility and texture

An interesting range of textures, contained within a geometrical abstraction, is here punctuated by a single distinct expressive element of written speech.

“Much of what I make is geometric, and has a kind of almost mathematical logic to the form.” – Anish Kapoor


Advanced transportation
Exhaustive forces
Cultural diffusion

In its older philosophical signification, spiritualism denotes a system that maintains an independent existence of an immaterial reality imperceptible by sensation. This implies cosmic forces lying beyond the reach of utterly materialistic interpretations.

“In order to advance with the moving reality, you must replace yourself within it. Install yourself within change, and you will grasp at once both change itself and the successive states in which it might at any instant be immobilized.” – Henri Bergson