By David Stouck
Arthur Erickson, Canada's preeminent thinker architect, was once well known across the world for his cutting edge method of panorama, his genius for spatial composition, and his epic imaginative and prescient of structure for individuals.
Among his so much celebrated large-scale works are 3 that helped to outline Vancouver's city panorama: Simon Fraser college, on Burnaby Mountain; the Robson sq. advanced on the center of the town; and the beautiful Museum of Anthropology on the college of British Columbia.
Travel used to be key to Erickson's artistic strategy; floating excessive above the clouds on prolonged airline flights, he made initial drawings on vellum along with his fine-point black felt-tip pen, designing influential works not just for different elements of Canada-including Toronto's extensively favourite Roy Thomson Hall--but for websites within the united states, Britain, and the center and much East.
Erickson labored mainly in concrete, which he known as the marble of our instances, and anyplace they seem, his structures circulation the spirit with their poetic freshness and their challenge to motivate. yet he used to be additionally a arguable determine, greater than as soon as attracting the ire of his fellow architects, and his specialist achievements have been tarnished by means of the excesses of a classy own existence that led to a sequence of tawdry bankruptcies.
In a fall from grace that remembers a Greek tragedy, Canada's nice architect-a good-looking, dependent guy who lived like a millionaire and counted between his shut associates Pierre Trudeau and Elizabeth Taylor-eventually turned homeless and penniless.
This first complete biography of Erickson, who died in 2009 on the age of eighty-four, lines the architect's lifestyles from its modest origins to his emergence at the global level. writer David Stouck, acclaimed for his past biographies of Ethel Wilson and Sinclair Ross, demonstrates right here once more why his paintings has been praised as innovative, incisive and compelling.
Grounded in interviews with Erickson and his relations, associates and consumers, in addition to the assets of intensive public records, name is either an intimate portrait of the fellow and a stirring account of the way Erickson made his structures paintings.
Beautifully written and fantastically researched, it's also a provocative examine the phenomenon of cultural heroes and the character of what we name genius.
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