Monday, January 08, 2007
I can't help but think that the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a less than adequate means by which to tell future generations just how important the concept of 'celebrity' was to the present age. Those mass-produced pink sidewalk stars say almost nothing of the individuality, fan worship or media frenzy that marked the extraordinary lives of our film and magazine heroes.
Wouldn't it be more fitting to celebrate the great contributions from these revered figures by raising a grand and richly ornate edifice in their honour? The pyramids have been done of course but why not create a temple of worship based on the understated refinement that Wendel Dietterlin drafted in his 1598 masterpiece of mannerist-come-baroque engravings - 'Architectura von Ausstheilung, Symmetria und Proportion der Fünff Seulen'?
Bands of enthusiasts could cruise around and grab celebrities right off the street at the height of their popularity. They could be snap encased in concrete and stone to preserve their celebrity vigour and then bolted straight onto the temple columns. Dietterlin's tasteful designs allow for displays such as Paris Hilton and the chihuahua or Princess Di and the crashed car which could be forever entombed at a dedicated fan site. Drive through celebrity worship in a baroque architectural setting - now that would give the archaeologists of the future something to ponder.
But wait, there's more! To come soon - maybe even with some actual background.
Posted by peacay at 5:36 pm