The big source of entertainment at work today was watching the demolition of an abandoned building across the street. My colleagues and I lined up along the windows several times to watch the progress, and we cheered enthusiastically when a big chunk of the roof collapsed.
Too bad I didn’t have the presence of mind (or the time) to shoot some time-lapse photos. It really was fascinating to watch the deconstruction of the building, to see its hidden structure emerge: The building’s destruction was actually creating something entirely new.
I couldn’t help but draw a parallel when a colleague forwarded a link to Brian Dettmer’s art.
Dubbed “the book surgeon,” this Georgia-based artist creates intricate sculptures by cutting out portions of old books. Like Michaelangelo, he chips away the parts that don’t look like his sculpture to reveal the book’s hidden inner structure:
I’ve never seen more beautiful, more mind-boggling proof that destruction and creation often go hand-in-hand.