Architecture as Wall Art – Is it Your Missing Piece?
We all have our interpretation of what wall art should include. In spite of this, being confronted with a blank wall can be torture as we try to decide what to hang there. Maybe there’s a piece missing from your go-to, wall art, genres?
Have you considered Architecture as Art? Have you thought about some of the incredible buildings modern architecture has produced over the last few decades? What would they look like as wall art?
New materials, new techniques and some daring departures from convention have given us many awe inspiring structures. And there’s no reason why images of these amazing buildings should not be on our walls.
The Inspiration Inherent in Architecture
Although many architects rail against the idea that architecture is art, there’s no escaping the fact that many buildings are incredibly beautiful structures and totally worthy of being called art.
One architect who probably wouldn’t argue the “architecture isn’t art” statement is Daniel Libeskind 71. He believes that: “Architecture is not based on concrete and steel and the elements of the soil. It’s based on wonder.”
The Polish – American architect is known the world over for the museums and residences he has designed. The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto is a great example of Daniel Libeskind’s work.
The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal in Toronto designed by Daniel Libeskind
Where Art Meets Architecture
The Art / Architecture intersect is in the conceptual stages.
Artists and architects go through similar thought processes when generating concepts for their designs.
The late Dame Zaha Hadid (1950 – 2016) said it best: “I don't think that architecture is only about shelter, is only about a very simple enclosure. It should be able to excite you, to calm you, to make you think.”
With her view that “There are 360 degrees, so why stick to one?” Dame Zaha gave the world a lot to think about with her incredible designs.
Which Architecture Makes the Best Wall Art? Old or New
The answer to this lies in the old adage: “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder”
Personal taste is front and centre when it comes to deciding the Wall Art potential of any particular piece of architecture and you can’t tell by looking at the building, you have to see the photographs.
The photographer’s skill, the chosen angle and the photographer’s interpretation of the building all factor in to how well any photograph of the architecture will serve as wall art.
GreenEarthArtWorks contributor, Edward Rajewski’s photograph of Toronto’s iconic flatiron Gooderham Building sets it off against two of its modern financial district neighbours, giving a wonderful study of old and new architecture and a very different take on the old icon.
Toronto's Flatiron Building by Edward Rajewski
Inspiration, Relaxation, Just Dreaming
The objects and images we surround ourselves with have a direct impact on our mental health. We need to select our works of art with care, choosing images with the end result in mind.
Architectural Wall Art can inspire, enthrall, motivate or calm us. We need to know what we want from it before we make our selection and remember the words of Arthur Erickson: “Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare. In every case they are unique, poetic, products of the heart.”