In the quiet and unassuming streets of Hyde Park, Sandton – Jhb, you will find, at the corner of Melville & First street, the most hideous of sites. No, its not that the building itself is ugly….well okay, maybe it is, but one can sense albeit with dismay, that a certain message was meant to be conveyed. For months now, I have driven, jogged and walked past this particular crack in the order of all things harmonious in spatial design and always found myself slowing down, as if due to the sheer gravity of its imposing disposition, and wondering what exactly the objective was intended to be.
We must, of course dear reader, pay heed to the aesthetic missives of this building that stands ironically resolute in its deplorable state. As it seems to be the case every time the interpretation of concepts such as ‘authority’, ‘wealth’ and ‘affluence’ are striven towards, they engender the Romanesque, Renaissance, neo-Classical and Baroque – the use of statuettes and busts of Italian Renaissance inspired artists is appallingly evident and does nothing but violate one’s visual senses. Why not go for the modern [or is it post-postmodern?] I wonder, instead of hiding the lack of imagination behind the concoction of recycled ideas? Who knows?
Let me leave you with these humble words dear reader – avoid, by any means necessary, doing anything like this if ever money delivered itself to your doorstep. Just as Albert Camus said that “at any street corner, the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face”. I have certainly endured my own share of the blows.