Wednesday Vignette – distractions

Our senior year in architecture school, our entire class went to Disney World during spring break, laden with one expressed assignment. Our task was to note the various tricks with which the theme park’s designers manipulated visitors into tolerating queuing for 45 minutes to an hour before getting on the most popular rides. Indeed – distraction is a powerful shaper of experiences. This lesson stayed with me, and I have great appreciation for the various ways intentional befuddlement of one’s senses, in one way or other, is used to turn the mundane into something memorable.

These photos are from an airport I visited recently. I’m  a little embarrassed to admit I can’t even remember which one… I’m guessing Chicago. It doesn’t really matter – the point is how constantly changing light was used to blur the monotony of the seemingly endless distance travelers have to cover to get from one concourse to another. I quite enjoyed it!

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About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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19 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – distractions

  1. Peter Herpst says:

    How fun is that? One might be tempted to linger and watch the light show. You see the coolest stuff! My WV is here: http://outlawgarden.blogspot.com/2016/03/wednesday-vignette_30.html

  2. hoov says:

    Yes that’s Chicago–a city with a proud history of beautiful architecture and love of art. I vaguely remember they updated it from a previous 60’s version. This iteration is more elegant. (Or my memory is incorrect).

    I can (vaguely) remember Disneyland when there were no lines–or only two-minute-waits–and that at the height of summer…

    My vignette is pretty good this time. I think I’m getting the hang of it.

  3. Alison says:

    That’s quite a pretty walkway, with all those colorful lights. I’ve always been amused by how Disney uses clever layout and various entertainment screens to obscure the true length of the waiting lines. My WV post is here: http://bonneylassie.blogspot.com/2016/03/wednesday-vignette_86.html

  4. Fancy being able to forget which airport

  5. Excellent subject! It’s all about perception isn’t it? My WV is just a street scene…
    http://www.thedangergarden.com/2016/03/wednesday-vignette-la-street-art.html

  6. rickii says:

    Science Fictioney wonderful. I stayed with your theme (sorta): http://bannersbyricki.com/archives/5335

  7. Kris P says:

    I haven’t been to Disneyland in a long time but I can’t remember those waits being all that pleasant! I imagine the airport lightworks display would make the long walk from gate to baggage claim much more engaging, however. (It always helps if you actually get to move.) My Wednesday Vignette is, as usual, from my garden: http://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2016/03/wednesday-vignette-what-says-spring-to.html

  8. Great illustrations on the airport ‘tunnels’; great to see imagination being used to design these spaces. Thanks!

  9. I remember these lights from the last time that I was there. They definitely help distract me from the long walk. Great shots!

    Here’s another flower picture from me: http://www.gravylessons.com/journal2/2016/3/30/wednesday-vignette-primula

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