Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Hands on education

If only architects spent more time in art museums and paid more attention to art they could save themselves a lot of trouble. Take the current trials of the Christchurch shop Warren and Mahoney. The news in the Dominion Post this weekend that people are leaving handprints on the copper feature wall in the new Supreme Court in Wellington won’t come as a big surprise to anyone who passed by the old copper-sheathed entrance to the City Gallery. Nor would it come as a surprise to Henry Moore aficionado Billy Apple or to anyone else who works in bronze (commercial bronze in 90% copper with tin added) or copper, or anyone who steals bronze art works for that matter.