In the last few months I've developed an appreciation for, and an interest in, fly fishing. A connection between fishing and architecture may not be obvious, but if you've followed this blog even a little, you know the truism first espoused by Charles Eames - "Eventually everything connects."
To become a successful architect or fly fisherman requires the proper use of tools, and the tools are numerous and complex. The architect uses everything from pens and tracing paper to code books and computers. The fly fisherman uses everything from a rod and reel to boots and waders. Mastering the tools of the trade is a lifelong endeavor. It is never easy. No matter how diligently one practices, true mastery remains elusive.
Though these things are true, I postulate that the most fascinating connection between architecture and fly fishing is more philosophical than pragmatic. Let's discuss the fly fisherman. There are really many different types of fishermen. At one extreme is the fisherman who is out simply to catch fish - as many and as fast as possible. For this type of fisherman, fishing is simply a craft. Nothing more and nothing less.
Then there is the angler who fishes for more complex reasons - to relish in the natural beauty of the river, to perfect his cast, to discover the best fly for the given conditions in order to tempt the desired fish. To this type of angler, actually catching the fish is incidental to the experience. To this angler, fly fishing is elevated to an art form.
in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Beijing National Stadium by Herzog & de Meuron
The architectural design culminates as a building on its site, which is a much better fate than that of the fish, which ends up on a plate! Join me next month when we'll look at the connection between architecture and food, in the post.....Food for Thought.