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Re: Size and Power

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R. Moore (ronmoore)
Thu, 11 Mar 1999 15:44:43 -0800 (PST)

There has been some very nice discussion at this site of the aesthetic
relations of power and size. Marcia has asked whether we can really find
examples where smallness is the messenger of power, and it's hard to do
so. There are some wonderful tiny objects, and microscopic images do
amaze us sometimes; but I'm not sure they are POWERFUL images unless and
until they are magnified. When we look at architecture and landscape
architecture, I think we pretty readily identify power in size with
control over territory. A vast castle makes an obvious point about its
owner's ability to manage and support such a huge and costly ediface. A
spacious garden declares that all this land has been converted to MY will
and I am its master. A lot of early garden designs were understood by
their makers and their appreciators as having quite specific political
messages, such as the superiorty of English military forces to German
military forces.