Deconstruction: make of it what you will

In describing deconstruction, Derrida famously observed that “there is nothing outside the text.” That is to say, all of the references used to interpret a text are themselves texts, including the “text” of reality as a reader knows it. There is no truly objective, non-textual reference from which interpretation can begin. Deconstruction, then, can be described as an effort to understand a text through its relationships to various contexts. (from Deconstruction, in Wikipedia)

scrabble sculpture (03 Dec 2012)

scrabble sculpture (03 Dec 2012)

Former State Insurance Building,
143–149 Lambton Quay (1940)

At the end of the 1930s the Government commissioned a new building for State Insurance on this awkward corner site [Lambton Quay/Stout Street]. The Auckland firm of Gummer and Ford came up with a brilliant solution — a wavy facade wrapped around the corner. Together with the extensive use of glass, it was an utterly novel piece of design for New Zealand and the best-known local example of the new architecture becoming vogue in Europe. To emphasise its innovative design, the building included new features such as fast lifts, fluorescent lighting and fire protection. State Insurance was established in 1903 by the Liberal Government, to provide competition for large monopolist or overseas-dominated insurance companies.

scrabble sculpture (03 Dec 2011)

scrabble sculpture (03 Dec 2011)

State Insurance was sold to Norwich Insurance in 1990. The controversial multi-storey rooftop addition and embedded Classical columns (carrying the former owner’s name in bronze letters) were completed in 1999. ([placename]=Waring+Taylor+Street


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