Sunday, July 20, 2008

Door---Hotel Solvay

My garden has been taken over by bindweed, the wild cousin of morning glories. Removing the vines before they strangle the daylilies has given me plenty of time to examine their twining stems and think about what inspiration can be found in the growth pattern of plants we have decided to consider "weeds." This photo shows the double doors of the Hotel Solvay in Brussels, designed by Victor Horta. Aside from the sinuous lines of both wood and metal, I like the reflection of the trees, which stood in an orderly row directly across the street. Surely Monsieur Horta spent time examining vigorously growing vines, perhaps ones attempting to strangle the irises and lilies in his own garden.