What still amazes me about people is how poorly they can visualize and/or NOT see ideas and what is possible. It is like someone asking for design. They want the reality TV rollout the concepts, 3d models, sample textures, and colors all before they start. This is not a bad idea if you are doing linear progression to things, but it isn’t the best idea for finding the best solution for something new. for that, you have to have the skill, ability, and tools to change on the fly should something better come along
I think the word for that is called “change order.” of which they get costly, time-consuming, and if people have no idea how something is done or built, they don’t have a clue how all the parts interact and why moving something could be so much money.
Face it, I got really spoiled in the skunkworks lab. While I have a tiny version of it now, if I had the full version I see in my head, I genuinely wonder what ideas, products, and services could flow out of the stream of exciting work, cross-pollination, and the time and space to try many iterations on the front end to find a “better” solution to problems.
A part of me wonders about trying to build that “you” show from 25 years ago. The problem with an immersive show like that is that I had never seen anything like it on the planet, so the way we came up with for the work and creation flow was a very unique building layout where it was more like one giant team.
With skunkworks and ideas, you don’t have a large team. It is a smaller group of people with multiple disciplines that all come together. It is like a road unit with entertainment. Everyone helps everyone lease (at least they used to) and it was a very different work ethic than I have seen in a healthy society. I miss this.
Getting back to visualization. After you have made so many concepts and ideas, you realize having a base platform to build off of, is necessary, but I have seen so many times where an idea that might seem reasonable on a computer screen is off kilter in real life. how many times have I asked the builder, “why are you doing that?” only to hear, “it is what the design says to do.”
“Do you think this is a good idea?”
“No, I think it is pretty bad, but I am not the one getting paid to think about that. I just do what I am told and keep my job so I can feed my kids, pay my mortgage, and go to Disneyland once a year.”
When you hear this, you realize that the norm is just following the rules. You need them as it keeps continuity in place. But when the rules become a burden (I am thinking of all the rules Jesus was talking about with religion and the leaders not having to follow the rules they put on the people) when you get to that stage. I swear people lose the ability to see, question, or ask “why?”
People are too busy trying to remember all the rules that they can no longer look at something and imagine it.
It is only when it is done that the critics come forth. There doesn’t seem to be a shortage of them. The funny part is how many critics could actually do the idea or work themselves? Hmm…
As for the sculpture in Hudson Yards. it is nice, but for some reason it didn’t match up to what i thought when i first saw the sketches. it will serve as some selfie mecca for the city. perhaps that was it’s intention?