Searching for “The Ideal City” again today…and the following came up to the surface.
So many times historically, the artists & writers, not the architects expression for the possible city reveals the imaginative.
Many cities float each day in and out of minds around the globe. These cities float in an atmosphere which only creates legends.
Lesson / Koan : Buoyancy describes the happiness of the city.
A man lives his entire life on a ship. The man never steps foot on land during his lifetime. The ship is his world and music is his language. The piano on the ship displays his sound filled thoughts for thousands who journey with him on the sea. Crossing the ocean many times, his music is only once recorded, but then the record is lost. Years pass, and everyone leaves the ship except the man. One person who leaves the ship is a friend of the man whose name is Max. Max and the man played music together many times on the ship. Max’s instrument of choice is the saxophone. After leaving the ship, Max falls upon difficult times and has to sell his saxophone. In the pawn shop, Max request to play his saxophone one last time. As Max plays, the Shopkeeper recognizes the song. The Shopkeeper puts a piano record on as Max plays which is the exact same song. The Shopkeeper ask Max the name of the song because the record has no label. Max tells the Shopkeeper the song has no name, but he does know the name of musician playing the piano on the record. 1900 is the name of the musician. Max knows this because 1900 is the man on the ship and he was present during the recording session. 1900 broken the record into pieces later on because he could not give it to the one he loved before she left the ship. Max saved the record, gluing all the pieces back in place without 1900 ever knowing. The Shopkeeper ask Max, where is 1900 now? 1900 is still on the ship, which is called the Virginian. By now the Virginian was an ancient ship by modern standards. The Shopkeeper informs Max the Virginian is in an old shipyard nearby. Having not seen 1900 or the Virginian in years, Max gets an idea. Max ask the Shopkeeper if he can borrow the record and a phonograph. Max travels to the Virginian with the borrowed items. The Virginian looks abandoned, but Max knows better. Max asks a dock worker how to get on the ship. After searching and searching he can not find 1900 anywhere on the Virginian. Max then goes to the ballroom where he and 1900 played music together years ago. Max puts the recording of 1900 on the phonograph and lets it play over and over again. After many hours, Max turns off the phonograph. Saddened, Max begins to leave the ship, but then hears something. Max hears the same song as on the record. Max searches again, but does not find 1900. Max returns the items to the Shopkeeper. The Shopkeeper ask Max to wait a moment before leaving. The legend of 1900 is known by many today, and Max is still playing his saxophone. The Shopkeeper gave Max his saxophone back in return for the tale about the record which had no label. The Shopkeeper only had one last question. How did 1900 get his name? 1900 was born on the Virginian, and was abandoned by his parents. So, in many ways 1900 was lost his entire life, but everyone knows what year he was born…and where to always find him. ( a short story by T. Joseph )
1900 is playing for someone, somewhere, now.
Ideal City 4 is by Tadeusz Deregowski. He is a British artist living in Brazil.