International Competitions in Architecture
A HOUSE FOR AN OIL-SOAKED PELICAN
Was Dante wrong when he referred to Christ as "our Pelican...?"
Was Shakespeare wrong when he acknowledged the redeeming qualities of the self sacrificing pelican in these lines from Hamlet: "To his good friend thus wide, I’ll ope my arms / And, like the kind, life-rendering pelican / Repast them with my blood...?"
If one would contemplate the horrid pictures recently published of oil-soaked pelicans (Charlie Riedel - photographer), one would with great difficulty continue to believe that man is the measure of all things (in the good sense of the words).
Indeed, these pictures show clearly that Prometheus' son is far from being that Homo Sapiens we all wish he was.
The symbolism of the pelican is forgotten, today.
Once it meant Christ Himself, the soul, the self-sacrificing soul.
What would an oil-soaked pelican symbolize...?
We ask you to design a House for an Oil-Soaked Pelican.
More horrid than a dead pelican.
A horrid, horrid, horrid man made disaster.
Not the only one, of course, but one that strikes us, symbolically, at the very heart of life.
Which is not only numbers, and profit, and money and running around in ubiquitous cars, madly, madly, madly!
We killed the pelican.
We kill our own soul, Christian or otherwise.
OIL, OIL, OIL.
Money, Money, Money.
Profit, Profit, Profit.
"Progress," "Progress," "Progress."
We ask you to design The House of an "Oiled Pelican" (a new "concept")
The House of Death
The Death of Spirit
The Death of Self-Sacrifice
The Death of Christ
The symbolism of the pelican is rich, much richer than all the riches of the world, brought to / upon us by OIL, OIL, OIL.
Redeem the Pelican.
Redeem the Redeemer.
Redeem the spirit of redemption itself!
Design A HOUSE FOR AN OIL-SOAKED PELICAN.
Design A HOUSE FOR AN OIL-SOAKED SOUL.
Design THE HOUSE OF ASPHYXIATION.
Design THE HOUSE OF BLOOD & OIL & TURNISHED WHITENESS
Design THE HOUSE OF ANTI-REDEMPTION
Design THE HOUSE OF AN OIL-SOAKED REDEEMER
Design THE HOUSE OF OILY / OILED DEATH.
Run, man, run, on your busy highway, dig man, dig, for more oil, more oil, more oil, spill, man, spill, that very oil on the very wings and body and beak of THE PELICAN, THE PELICAN, THE PELICAN.
Kill that pelican.
Kill "our pelican!"