Glide through Angkor Wat

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A temple at Angkor Wat. (kuriositas.com)

The website Kuriositas has a five-minute film of Angkor Wat, the Hindu-turned-Buddhist temple ruins in Cambodia. Filmmaker Tyler Fairbank, based in New York, shot the film using glidecam technology. The ruins seen in “The Temples of Angkor” and originally built in the 12th century strongly suggest, along with other ancient sites beyond the Greco-Roman sphere of influence, that classicism has its roots in the very nature of construction and is the true “International Style.” Elements of the classical orders that are structural and ornamental show up in the temples’ columns, cornices, balustrades and other features. Hence the reverence paid them over the centuries and millennia not just on behalf of a deity but on behalf of beauty.

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About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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One Response to Glide through Angkor Wat

  1. humphries346 says:

    Reblogged this on Art History blog and commented:
    I really like your images I am reminded when studying for my Art History degree that we studied architecture of the Moghul Empires their art in that period was fantastic and it shows how people in the south can produce architecture of Great beauty.
    Laurence

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