The Aesthetic Of Ruins On The Beauty Of Abandoned Structures Essay

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The aesthetic of ruins can help us understand aspects of interior design in terms of the lack of human presence indicating elements we might otherwise ignore. To explore this theme, I will examine how theorists have thought about the aesthetic of abandonment in relation to the beauty of abandoned structures, beginning with the work of Gordon Matta-Clark, in leading us to rethink our lived in environment apart from just its visual aspect. Gay Watson introduces the idea of emptiness as a therapeutic perspective and following this I discuss the origins of beauty in impermanence, non-selfhood and emptiness. I also analysis beauty existing in ruined buildings that reveals the relationship between space and human beings, supported by the work of Henri Lefebvre. In order to link the use of abandonment and aesthetic beauty, the background to Gordon Matta-Clark will be briefly outlined. Known for his site-specific ‘building cuts’ made in the 1970s, Matta-Clark draws our attention to the fact that we are usually too busy to notice the other significances of our living space besides its domestic function. Apart from its interior equipment, we care little about a building’s character, which may lack functionality or an attractive aesthetic. Matta-Clark’s works usually focus on the abandoned building from which he removes sections of ceilings, floors, and walls, as a part of so-called “Anarchitecture”. He spent several years studying French literature in Paris in 1968, the source of his

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