radicalized picturesque

In the Sympathy of Things: Ruskin and the Ecology of Design, architect and philosopher Lars Spuybroek writes about the need for a radicalized picturesque. We have a natural inclination to connect deeply with objects in our world. The loose ordering of pieces assembling into a coherent whole is deeply compelling in the picturesque but requires constant updating to avoid becoming an impossibly perfect, rigid image. This image epitomizes radicalized picturesque for me. Nature is in constant transition with continual change in line, form and palette. On a different time scale, nature is in interaction with the built world, bringing texture and roughness and complexity to pristine, regular architectural surfaces. These interactions ensure dynamic ever-changing points of visual interest in the built environment.

vine on concrete | Heather Hancock c 2014

Nature gets it right every time.