Of plants, water, beauty and power

I’ve come across a blog today that purports to be about “landscape architecture and related fields,” a topic about which I have little interest. And yet, I still spent several minutes reading various posts while uttering brainy remarks like “wow” and “gosh” and “holy moley.”

Anyway, to truly appreciate the scope and depth of posts about things like wave generators that are currently being used to create letters in a washtub but could drown New York with a tsunami shaped like a classic Italian garden or the hydromechanical complex being built in the Florida Everglades to better supply them with water, you really have to just go read them. Regardless, Alex Trevi has a finger on the pulse of an odd and compelling topic and he writes in a manner that brings it all to light.

Be sure to see:

[Versailles in the Pacific]
[Theatrum Machinarum]

In many ways, the site reminds me of a book I recently read called “About Grace“, described by Publishers Weekly thusly: “The majesty of nature, the meaning of courage, the redemptive power of love and the pathos of isolation—all are gracefully explored in Doerr’s story of the price paid for a gift.”

They went on to say, “So why does so little seem to happen in this beautiful, ponderous and sometimes monotonous first novel?” Touché. I found myself at once bored with the story and marveling at how well it was written.

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