Thursday, 17 May 2007

Habitable Sculpture

What is my Habitable Sculpture?

It is an abstract work of art that one might live in. It is a piece of garden sculpture. And also a walk through the house is a walk through a piece of the garden. The garden makes use of a beautiful natural space, a space containing 5 ponds, a mountainside, and an area filled with massive rocks, nature’s own pieces of sculpture. A walk through the sculpture offers a series of discoveries – both outside and inside.
The pictures show the pond that will form part of the sculpture's setting, and a floating framework made by the architect to give an idea of the scale and position of one of the sculpture's components.

In detail it is as if the object were lowered into the setting, how else could it have got there? The exhibit of nature’s wonders and the artistic elements are subject to transformations resulting from nature’s change of day and night, seasons of the year and immediate splashes of weather.

All is unified by certain repetitions – views of rocks and trees and water plus the scattering of man-made objects and three very similar glass enclosed spaces. Some internal art moves kinetically either electrically or triggered by the observers own physical movement.

The garden and the Habitable Sculpture are linked together by glass openings with their own alterable degrees of varied apertures. The edifice is also a theatre in the round with dramatic events triggered either by nature day and night but especially by electric illumination of garden elements or visual movement within the mirrored cube.

Walking through the Habitable Sculpture’s garden surrounds also provides a series of discoveries of the Habitable Sculpture itself for it cannot simply be seen from any simple vantage point. In all, it is a quest for beauty and delight and fun. Fun from smiling and sitting and reclining and sleeping and walking. Fun from listening to nature’s sounds and from bathing in hot water and swimming in cool ponds. Fun from skating and walking and climbing and arriving and conversing. Fun from eating and drinking and playing games and sports.

International School of America

About the International School of America

The International School of America was founded by myself as a non-profit educational foundation in 1958. Its mission was and is to maximise the educational benefits that formal education may derive from international travel. The round-the-world plane ticket was recognised as the most expedient vehicle since it provides for students and faculty to reach between six and nine destinations during an eight-month academic year. In each destination each individual student lives with a native family for two or three weeks while engaged in class meetings, guest lectures, field trips and particular individual field projects. The academic courses are generally related to a specific theme.

2004's theme was a examination of the world’s quest for sustainability and the challenges which face those working towards global sustainability. Previous ISA themes have included the family, man and nature, world religions, film and social anthropology, utopias and utopian communities and global ecology – nature, sociology and sustainability.

The ISA relies upon the leadership of outstanding academics with extensive field experience and a real talent for working closely with their students. Previous program leaders and members have included:
Clarence Taft
Edgar Snow, international journalist
Philip and Marjorie Appleman, Indiana University
Edward Kern, Photo and Education Editor, Life magazine
Kazuo Kawai, Ohio State University
Claude Bass, Stanford
Schuyler Camman, University of Pennsylvania
Paul Conners, Princeton
Louis Nemzer
Daniel Lerner, MIT
Huston Smith, MIT
Gregory Bateson, University of Hawaii
George DeVos, Berkeley
Robert Gardner, Harvard
Vlad Pertic, Harvard
William Rothman, Harvard
Edward Goldsmith, publisher, The Ecologist magazine

One of the outstanding achievements of the ISA has been its international reception and recognition in spite of its small size. It must be fair to say that that nature of ISA’s system and its quest for firsthand experience has opened many doors and hearts worldwide. Only the then soviet union rejected an application to live with Moscow families.

In the past ISA students have met privately with Malcolm X, Mrs Indira Ghandi, Mrs Eleanor Roosavelt, King Constantine, Jawaharal Nehru, Yukio Mishima, Hu Shih, Madame Chaing Kaishek, Ambassador Edwin O. Reicheuer, Ambassador Jon Kenneth Galbraith, Max Lerner, Lynn Margulis, Vandana Shive, Margaret Mead, Satyajit Ray, Willy Brant, Edgar Faure, Jane Goodall and Richard Leakey, among many others.

Alumni of the ISA include leading executives of major corporations and outstanding members of the medical, legal and film-making professions as well as environmentalists and writers.

The ISA offers an unequalled academic and personal challenge to students from a whole range of disciplines and backgrounds all contributing to the unique atmosphere of the group.

Board of trustees

Karl Jaeger, Chairman
Edward Goldsmith
Jean Houston
James Lengel
Richard Hasten