Sunday, July 08, 2007

Along the Banks of Mud Island Harbor

I saw these blocks lying on the eastern side of the Mud Island Harbor during a kayak tour Saturday.

compressed metal blocks on the eastern side of Mud Island Harbor
compressed metal blocks on the eastern side of Mud Island Harbor
They seem to be formed from compressed autos or industrial metal, and they look like they've been there a long time. Maybe they were dumped there, or were put there as an alternative form of bank stabilizer.

Their setting, mangling and aging have given them a cool organic texture.

compressed metal blocks on the eastern side of Mud Island Harbor
compressed metal blocks on the eastern side of Mud Island Harbor
Hopefully more soon on the excursion.

In the meantime, cogitate on this: is there an architectural aesthetic of the Mississippi River? Something that doesn't ignore or try to civilize its mud, its vegetation, its stages, its power -- it embraces them? To work, the aesthetic has to touch the River, not stop yards away, where it's safe.

Beale Street Landing might provide this, but are there any that already exist?

approaching eastern side of Mud Island Harbor

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3 Comments:

Blogger Todd said...

I think the Mississippi River Museum in Tunica qualifies. It is a beautiful building that embraces the river. Exploring all the public spaces at the museum that front the river is a real treat. Each different space offers a unique vantage point of the river. In certain spots, you feel as if you are part of the river itself. I think it is one of the best pieces of architecture in the Mid-South.

10:50 PM  
Blogger gatesofmemphis said...

Another museum I've been wanting to see. Maybe we'll do that before my son goes back to school. thanks.

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Latanya said...

Good words.

6:58 AM  

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