I took my parents out to Lotusland this week to see the famous gardens founded by the slightly eccentric but visionary Polish performer Madame Ganna Walska in the 1940's. Though greatly washed out by the hugely dumb move of leaving my book out during an overnight rainstorm, you can still see some interesting things from the botanical grounds. I especially enjoyed the "blue" garden and the unusual cactii. There were some beautiful mosaics, too, and it was inspirational learning about Mdme Walska as well. We've had some incredible characters pass through the Santa Barbara region!
I've also started dreaming about BOOM festival in Portugal for the summer of 2014. We'll be creating the Dance Temple, a ridiculously huge structure inspired by Antoni Gaudi, the famous Catalan architect of the 19th and early 20th century. It's an honor to not only have been selected to do this project but create something that draws ideas from the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. If you've never seen this stunning cathedral then you are missing one of the great architectural marvels of our time! How a designer created something so futuristic looking when he was a 19th century conservative Christian continues to puzzle me... then again, it proves that inspiration leads one in truly unexpected directions!