Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Shades of red compete for blue's attention

Shades of Red Compete for Blue's Attention
At Architect Kenton Peters' deep blue 1984 Kastenmeier Federal Courthouse in Madison, WI. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's architecture critic, Whitney Gould wrote:
If you want to see how beautiful an even deeper shade of blue can be in the right hands, check out architect Kenton Peters' Kastenmeier Federal Courthouse on S. Henry St. in Madison (1984), a sleek, shapely icon that is as timeless as any neo-classical civic building in the United States. There, color has helped create an expressive place-maker.
Several years ago Andy Moore profiled the architect in a Madison magazine story called "Man of Steel", which was illustrated by a photo that demonstrated his love of bright colors.
"Public input creates mediocrity," he says. In a city where the word "inclusionary" elected the last mayor, this statement reads like an advertisement to not do business with Peters. He knows it. But it doesn't discourage him or alter his quest to reinvent Downtown -- or die trying. He sees the give-and-take process of urban development as nothing more than the art of compromise. In Peters' world, there are no compromises in art. "I don't think the best of human potential is developed by a committee. It's by the individual's own creativity or abilities."
Another one of the works by Peters in Madison is the Marina Condominiumsproject, which i wrote about in my Condos after Dark series.

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