Advertisement

Dream Gates

Dream Gates

A museum rises from the sea of dreams

City of Ocean and Surf, Biarritz

She designed a stage set when she was eight, and living in her native Rio de Janeiro: a giant tree painted on a black background. As a film maker, she recently directed and produced an extraordinary nine-hour documentary, “Amazônia (Projecting on Black” that flouts the rules of cinema in a number of ways. The images are projected onto a black screen, instead of a white one. The action moves at nature’s pace, no faster and no slower. You feel the sudden violence of a rain storm in one of the wettest parts of the world as if you were under it, then you are drifting at the speed of the great river. There are no humans in the film (actually 14 connected videos); trees and water, birds and animals, are the stars. She is artist, designer, architect.

Advertisement

Her name is Solange Fabião. She is now based in New York City, but for the past six years she has been spending a lot of time in Biarritz, the famous resort in France, working with American architect Steven Holl on the design and construction of a remarkable new museum. The Cité de l’Océan et du Surf (City of Ocean and Surf) opened last summer. Its curving lines, its hollows and convexities, evoke the rhythms of wind and water. It is no surprise to learn that the spatial concept came to Solange in a dream.

She says, “the conceptual/spatial idea came to me through a dream, the idea of an “encased wave”. Following this dream I developed a first 3D sketch that gave the main direction for the design, the great curve, the volume under and the plaza above, the two sides expressed by the concave and convex, the connection with the ocean.” She worked with Steven Holl to integrate the vision with the site. He had the inspiration to add two glass “boulders” (containing the museum shop and a surfers’ kiosk) evoking natural rocks along the shore.

Advertisement

The architects’ website contains a marvelous collection of photos, sketches and plans revealing how Solange’s dream unfolded into the full physical creation. My favorite among the sketches is a cute little watercolor drawing illustrating the dream concept: Sous le ciel, sous l’océan (“Under the sky, under the sea”).

In the City of Ocean and Surf at Biarritz, we see another brilliant example of how new creative achievements rise, fresh and glowing, from the sea of dreams.

 

Previous Posts

Dreams are not on our case, they are on our side
Our dreams show us things we may prefer not to think about — which is a major reason why many of us slam that door shut on our dreams and try to keep it closed. Those things may include future life problems, or parts of ourselves we tend to ...

posted 1:22:38pm May. 13, 2015 | read full post »

A short history of soul flight
In many human cultures the most profound insights into the nature of the divine and the fate of the soul after physical death ...

posted 12:09:30pm Apr. 21, 2015 | read full post »

Reading and releasing psychic cords
The essential things to know about life are usually simple - but can be sticky. One thing we need to know, to maintain our health and sanity, and work the true law of attraction, is that there are threads of psychic energy running between us and ...

posted 12:33:56am Apr. 16, 2015 | read full post »

The Books of Night and Day
We have direct access to sacred knowledge, in our dreams. Our dreams are a personal oracle that reveals the future and helps us prepare for it. We must not let anyone tell us what our dreams mean or stand between us and the direct experience of ...

posted 10:00:45am Apr. 10, 2015 | read full post »

Lucid dreaming and astral travel in the early Church
Early fathers of the Christian church were in favor of active dreaming and astral travel. Tertullian, who famously observed that  “most people ...

posted 5:17:18pm Apr. 03, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.