9.05.2007

defending the Parthenon

video

There was a family discussing the dedication plaque outside the Parthenon in Nashville. I wish I'd just gotten over my shame and recorded them and for the life of me I can't remember what they were saying. So I recorded Neal's take on it instead.

The funny thing about having to defend this particular replica is the redundancy of this kind of architecture. Obviously, a couple of columns on your front porch is not the same thing as a full-scale replica of the Parthenon, but the whole neo-classical thing is huge! There are columns and pediments all over this country! Why doesn't anyone describe the White House, for example, as kitschy?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I couldn't understand the dialog! Jo

RBG said...

Hmmm...Is your volume turned down? Hey, I should go into IT support with a question like that!

Oh, and BTW, if you want to actually read the plaque, which is completely impossible in the video, check out the full Nashville recap. Scroll down a bit and there it is. It's fairly legible in the photo.