learning life from libeskind.
becoming big is a matter of the braveness to take a big step ahead, and not being afraid to leave what we have at the moment.
that's a thought which came into my head this morning, after i read some beginning parts of libeskind's book. i read it in the bus, i read it several times, and i slap my cheek.. that's what you should do, vel!
(ps.: FYI, libeskind is one of the famous architect nowadays. you may google him, and find his extraordinary designs.)
then, i crossed the street with the voices in my head :
"it's libeskind, vel! he did a brave thing, he never thought twice to do what the wanted to do!"
"he didn't think about the money which he could get from peter eisenman."
this is what he said to eisenman, when he asked libeskind to sweep the floor :
"you want the check -- or not?" eisenman asked, holding it up in front of himself.
"keep it," libeskind said, and walked out.
"he didn't think about how famous the architect he worked for.. it didn't matter. though he worked for richard meier, but he left after he knew how meier was designing, he didn't like and disagreed with it. then he left, straight away."
this is what he wrote about meier.
like his buildings, meier's office was sleek, machinelike, hushed. the apprentices sat at their desks with copies of the master's book Richard Meier: Architect propped before them, silently copying, over and over, it curves he'd made in his forms. after a day of this mindless, robotic action, i thought, this is not for me. but what to do? the next day i called in sick. and the day after that. and the day after that. after a week of absence, meier called me at home. "are you really sick?" he asked.
"richard," i said, "i have to tell you the truth. i just can't do this. it's not what i believe architecture should be, it's not what i want to do."
"it's still about idealism."
"he was young, but he'd already knew that he wanted to be an architect that he'd already chose. not an architect which shaped by another architect or did whatever they said without replied back."
this is what he wrote, "i was young, and i may not yet have had a clear sense of my place in the world. but i did know that mindless copying and sweeping floors were not it."
"he was brave. he left eisenman, he left meier. and now, he is as big as eisenmann and meier, or even bigger?"
it IS a matter of an option, and how i choose one of those option.
it IS a matter of me. not, libeskind. he made me think, think to put myself a bit clearer, that being an architect is a matter of how i choose to be one. not following another person to visualize what they want.
it IS about me and i want to visualize mine, not other person's design.
what an idealist..
(if you are interested to read this libeskind's book, you can search the title : Daniel Libeskind, Breaking Ground. An Immigrant's Journey from Poland to Ground Zero)