Archive | May 4, 2012

The mundane can be beautiful

Walking around Hearst Castle in Central California there is so much beauty in the pools and the buildings that you could be forgiven for not noticing these little tiles, quietly hiding on the steps. I am sure most visitors hardly glance in their direction but it is often the attention to all the small details that add to the overall splendour of a place for me.

Whilst Hearst Castle more generally showed signs of superficiality, with the backs of façades left unfinished, attention to unseen detail fascinates me endlessly. Backs of cupboards, insides of drawers, carvings and sculptures hidden in places where few people will ever see them – all are signs of extravagant and heart-felt quality to me. The sign of a passionate craftsman is to demand perfect work in places only he and God can see.

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